To: **therightliveswithus**

In fairness, they might be using the median average as opposed to the mean average.

The mean average (which is what most peeople assume when the see the word “average”) is simply $60 million divided by 572,000.

The median average would be the amount of the donation that has an equal number that are smaller and larger. In this case the 286,000th highest/lowest dontaion would be the mean average.

The median can sometimes give a more accurate picture because it is not as skewed by extreme amounts.

For example if there are 5 houses on a block worth:

200,000

225,000

250,000

300,000

1,500,000

The mean average would be $495,000

The median average would be $250,000

In this case the median would more accurately reflect the typical home price.

However, given that campaign donations for individuals are capped, I’d think the mean average would be a better reflection of the truth, as there aren’t any huge contributions to skew the average.

5 posted on **06/07/2012 12:19:11 PM PDT** by Above My Pay Grade
(The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)

To: **Above My Pay Grade**

200,000

225,000

250,000

300,000

1,500,000

The mean average would be $495,000

The median average would be $250,000

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mean or average = average of all values

median = midpoint between high and low values

median average = no such thing

495,000 = average (2475k/5)

850,000 = median (200k+1500k=1700k/2)

Not wanting to argue, AMPG, it’s just that the numbers you posted didn’t look right.

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