# What is the Median in Math? The Answer Might Leave You Surprised

While 'median' refers to the middle value of an ordered set of values in math, 'mode' refers to the most frequently occurring random variable in the set. Read on to know more about median.

Abhijit Naik

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2019

How is Median Calculated?

Example 1: Odd Number of Observations

You are supposed to calculate the median weight for a group of people. In order to do this, you weigh seven people who weigh 94, 108, 120, 145, 88, 98, and 115 lbs respectively. The first thing to do is, arrange the data in ascending order; that will be: 88, 94, 98, 108, 115, 120, and 145.

Example 2: Even Number of Observations

Now let's consider you are calculating the median weight of a group of eight individuals. Let's assume that the data you compiled after weighing eight people in the group was 94, 108, 120, 145, 88, 98, 115, and 130. (We will simply add another observation to the previous example.)

Is Median the Same as Average?