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Yeah, I see this type of confusion all the time.

When most non-mathematicians (yep, SWEs included) use the word "average" sometimes the concept they intend to convey is "mean", and sometimes it is "median" (because of a commonplace implicit assumption that the distribution, even if not normal, is at least roughly symmetrical).

So I try not to use the word "average" at all (unless defined), and to only use "median" and "mean".






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