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Calculation of Arithmetic Mean - Continuous Series

Mean = ∑ fm/N
Where:
m = midpoint of various classes.
f = frequency of each class.
N = the total frequency

• Obtain the mid point of each class and denote it by m .

Mid point = (Lower Limit + Upper Limit)/2
• Multiply these mid points by the respective frequency of each class and obtain
the total ∑ fm.
• Divide the total obtained in Step 2 by the sum of frequencies, i.e. N.

Marks No of Students Marks No of Students

0-10 5 30-40 30
10-20 10 40-50 20
20-30 25 50-60 10

Solution.

Marks Mid points No of students fXm

m f
0-10 5 5 25
10-20 15 10 150
20-30 25 25 625
30-40 35 30 1050
40-50 45 20 900
50-60 55 10 550
Total N = 100 ∑ fm = 3,300

Mean = ∑ fm/N = 3300/100 = 33

Hence, the average marks = 33.

Q. 5. The average marks obtained by students of section A of a class is 80

and that of their counterparts from section B was 70. The mean
marks obtained by students from both sections A and B was 78. Find
the percentage of students from section A. (Dec. 2000)

Solution. Let the mean marks obtained by students of section A = x1

Let the mean marks obtained by students of section B = x2
Let the mean marks obtained by students from both sections A and B = x
Here, x1 = 80, x2 = 70, x = 78
x = (n1 X x1 + n2 X x2)/(n1 + n2)....... (i)

Putting the values of x, x1, and x2 in equation (i), we get

78 = (n1 X 80 + n2 X 70)/(n1 + n2)
or 8 n2 = 2 n1
or n1/n2 = 4/1

80%.

Arrange the data in ascending or descending order.

If n is odd, median = value of [( N + 1)/2]th item.
If it is even, then median = mean value of N/2 and [(N/2) + 1]th item.

Q. 6. Obtain the value of median from the following data:

15 6 16 8 22 21 9 18 25

Solution. Arranging the data in ascending order.

6 8 9 15 16 18 21 22 25
Median = Size of [(9+1)/2]th item.
Size of 5th item = 16.

Q. 2. The following table gives the monthly income of 5 families in a town:

House No 1 2 3 4 5
Income (Rs.) 780 760 690 750 840

House No. Monthly Income

X (Rs.)
1 780
2 760
3 690
4 750
5 840
N=5 ∑ X = 3820
Mean = ∑ X/N
∑ X = 3820, N=5
Hence, mean = 3820/5 = 764
Thus, the average income is Rs. 764

Calculation of Arithmetic Mean  Discrete Series

Mean = (∑ fX)/N
Where:
f = frequency
X = the variable in question
N = total no. of observations (i.e., ∑ f)

• Multiply the frequency of each row with the variable and obtain the total ∑ fX.
• Divide the total obtained in step 1 by the no. of observations (i.e., the total
frequency).

Q. 3. From the following the data of the marks obtained by the 60 students of a
class, obtain the average marks.

Marks No of Students Marks No. of Students

20 8 50 10
30 12 60 6
40 20 70 4

Solution. Let the marks be denoted by X and the no. of the students by f.

Marks No of students fX
X f
20 8 160
30 12 360
40 20 800
50 10 500
60 6 360
70 4 280
Total N = 60 ∑ fX = 2,460
Mean = ∑ fX/N = 2460/60 = 41.
Hence, the average marks = 41.

Q. 7. From the following data, find the value of median:

x 8 5 6 10 9 4 7
f 6 4 5 8 9 6 4

Solution. To locate the middle items, we first compute the cumulative frequencies
after arranging the values of x in ascending order.

x f Cumulative frequency
(cf)
4 6 6
5 4 10
6 5 15
7 4 19
8 6 25
9 9 34
10 8 42
Total 42
Number of observations is 42 (even).
There are two middle items, (42/2 )th and [(42/2) + 1 ]th, i.e., 21st and 22nd items. The
value of each of them is 8, since the value of each item 20th to 25th is 8.
Therefore, median = mean of 21st and 22nd items.
(8 + 8)/2 = 8.

Median = L + [(h/f)(N/2 - C)]

Where :
L = lower Limit of the median class
h = magnitude of the median class
f = frequency of the median class
C = cumulative frequency of the class preceding the median class.

115 6 165 60
125 25 175 38
135 48 185 22
145 72 195 3
155 116

Solution.

Class intervals f Cumulative frequency

(cf)
110-120 6 6
120-130 25 31
130-140 48 79
140-150 72 151
150-160 116 267
160-170 60 327
170-180 38 365
180-190 22 387
190-200 3 390
Total 390

N = 390
N/2 = 390/2 = 195th item.
Therefore, the median class is 150-160

L = 150, N/2 = 195, h = 10, f =116, C = 151

Median = 150 + [(10/116) X (195 - 151)] = 150 + 3.79 = 153.79.

Q. 9. Find the mode of the following array of an individual series of scores.

7 7 10 12 12 12 11 13 13 17

Solution. We see that the observation 12 has the maximum frequency 3. Therefore,
12 is the mode.

Q. 10. Calculate mode from the data given below:

Marks Frequency
15 2
18 1
19 1
20 1
22 1
25 3
28 1
Here, marks 25 occurs maximum number of times (i.e., 3).
Hence, the modal marks are 25 or mode = 25.

Calculation of mode – Continuous series

1. Locate the maximum frequency, the corresponding class is the modal class.
2. Determine the value of the mode by applying the following formula:
Mode = L + [h(f0 - f-1)/(2f0 - f-1 - f+1)]

Where:
L = lower limit of the modal class.
h = class interval of the modal class.
f0 = frequency of the modal class.
f -1 = frequency of the class preceding the modal class.
f+1 = frequency of the class succeeding the modal class.

(in Rs.)
4000 - 6000 8
6000 - 8000 24
8000 - 10000 32
10000 - 12000 16

Solution. By inspection, the maximum frequency is 32.

So 8000 - 10000 is the modal class.
L = 8000, h = 2000, f0 = 32, f -1 = 24, f+1 = 16

Mode = L + [h( f0 - f-1)/(2f0 - f-1 - f+1)]

= 8000 + {2000(32 - 24)/[(2 X 32) - 24 - 16]}
= 8666.67