# Re: Fomula

``` BBS: Inland Empire Archive
Date: 08-15-92 (04:48)             Number: 173
From: MING ONG                     Refer#: NONE
To: STEVE CRAVER                  Recvd: NO
Subj: Re: Fomula                     Conf: (2) Quik_Bas```
``` -=> Quoting Steve Craver to All <=-

SC> Does anyone know the correct formula for finding the MEDIAN of an
SC> array of numbers? Not the average, just the median.  Thanks
SC> Steve

There is no mathematical formula for the Median.  It is performed
mechanically as follows:

Given a "random" series of an odd set of numbers:

1, 5, 3, 10, 4

the median is:

1, 3, 4, 5, 10
^
or 4.  It is the middle number of the sorted list.

Given a "random" series of an even set of numbers:

1, 5, 6, 4, 10, 9

the median is:

1, 4, 5 , 6, 9, 10
^
or 5 + (6-5)/2 = 5.5  It is the average of the center most number of the
sorted list plus the left most digit.

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