# The mode

**The three averages and range**

The following are different types of averages:

Mode – is the most common

Mean – if the sum of values ÷ number of values

Median – middle value

Range – this is not an average, but spreads out data from the largest to the smallest value.

**The mode**

The mode as mentioned above is the most common item which occurs in a data set. The modal is also used to describe the mode.

For example: in the following set of data, 11 is the mode:

1, 45, 11, 33, 12, 65, 32, 11, 23, 11, 14, 11, 11, 11, 24.

**When the mode is not appropriate**

In situations where data is heavily skewed (being heavily weighted towards on data set), the mode may not be appropriate because the representation of the data is not provided fairly.