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Mean vs. Median

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A weather reporter was curious about the typical snowfall of upper midwestern towns. The reporter asked residents of various midwestern towns, "How many inches of snow came down during the last snowfall you witnessed?"

Below is a dotplot containing the data of 54 responses. The pink diamond on the graph represents the mean.

Approximately where, on the graph, is the median compared to the mean?

A

The median will be to the left of the mean due to the slight left skew.

B

The median will be to the right of the mean due to the slight right skew.

C

The median will be to the left of the mean due to the high outliers.

D

The median will be to the left of the mean due to the slight right skew.

E

The median and the mean will be in the exact same spot in this case since the distribution is roughly normal.