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Finding median of union of two sorted (ordered) lists

We are given two sorted list of numbers $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n$ and $b_1, b_2, \ldots, b_n$. Question is, how to find a median for list $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n, b_1, b_2, \ldots, b_n$. Algorithm should ...
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How do I find percentiles of data sets (Even vs odd)?

Given the following data set with an even number of values: $100, 100, 105, 113, 129, 132, 146, 152, 176, 200$ The value representing the 30th percentile, using the formula n(p/100) where n = sample ...
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Confidence level using unknown median

This is a general question. Lets say we are giving a sample space n. The sample space has an unknown median The order statistics of each person, $**X_{i}**$ in sample space is measured (lets say ...
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CONFIDENCE LEVEL for Median Interval

A firm wants to estimate the unknown median, m , of the height of their employees. Random Simple Size = 90 $X_{i}$ is the order statistics of the Sample Size X where height of each employee was ...
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Defining median for discrete distribution

In probability theory, a median of a probability distribution is a number $M$ such that the CDF of this distribution $F_\xi(x)$ satisfies $F_\xi(M)=\frac{1}{2} \tag1$ This works for continuous ...
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Proving that median of list $[x_1,x_2,…,x_n]$ minimises the sum $\sum_{i=1}^{i=n} |x_i-m|$ where $m$ is some number

The problem is in the title. Here is a detailed description: Let's say we have list $[x_i]_{i=1}^{i=n}$ where $x_i\in\Bbb{N}$. I want to pick such $m\in\Bbb{N}$ which minimises the sum ...
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Can you further explain or clarify the proof of this?

I am trying to prove that $AG = 2(GD)$, given $AD, BE$ and $CF$ are 3 medians meeting at point $G$ of a triangle $ABC$. I found this website that seems to show what I want to prove: ...
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Is there a rule for choosing mean or median for missing data?

I have a dataset with missing data foor different features. I wanted to fill this empty cells with mean or median of present data of these features, but what should I chose? Median seems to be better ...
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Fill chart using known final answers [duplicate]

so all I know is that: n=100. i have 5 departments within the numbers: 0-1000. md = 500. avg =490. lower decile=200. upper quarter=600. I really don't know how to use the formulas of each if I don't ...
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What information guarantees a ranking in the 90th percentile is greater than a ranking in the 70th percentile?

Consider the following facts: Person A's salary is in the 90th percentile in Company A. Person B's salary is in the 70th percentile in Company B. The question is: What piece of information is ...
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Median of truncated / limited normal distribution

The peoples weight is normally distributed $\mathcal{N}(0,\,1)$ The $\mu \; , \; \sigma \; and \; \sigma^2$ are known. How can i calculate the median weight of people if everyone who weights less ...
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Squence of order statistic converges to median?

Suppose that $(X_1,...,X_N)$ be $N$ iid samples from uniform distribution. Let $X_{(n)}$ be $n$-th order statistic. It sounds natural that $X_{N/2}$ converges to the median, $1/2$. (interpret $N/2$ as ...
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Analysis of IQ scores given mean, median, sd, quartiles

The statistics below provides a summary of IQ scores of 100 children Mean: 100 Median: 102 Standard Deviation: 10 First Quartile: 84 Third Quartile: 110 About 50 of the children in this sample have ...
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How to plot median with 10% and 90% percentiles

I have to make a plot of same data (I do it in Matlab). On the x-axis the time (in seconds) and on the y-axis the response time (in ms). Now I have to do it with "Median with 10% and 90% ...
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Calculation of median

I want to calculate the median of several variables. The detail is as follow: For example, a, b and c are all random number from uniform distribution in certain range (different between each other). ...
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Finding the most likely serve speed of a tennis player

U.S. Open Tennis Championship a statistician keeps track of every serve that player hits. The statistician reported that the mean serve speed of a particular player was 95 miles per hour. Suppose ...
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Finding Median in a distribution

What does it mean by "find all medians"? I thought there could only be one median. Also, how would you approach solving this question? Suppose $P(X = x) = \displaystyle\tfrac{x}{21}$ for $x = 1, 2, ...
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A continuous function defined on an interval can have a mean value. What about a median?

A function can have an average value $$\frac{1}{b-a}\int_{a}^{b} f(x)dx$$ Can a continuous function have a median? How would that be computed?
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Where should I use median instead of average?

Is there a general law, or rule of thumb, or rationale, when to use median and when average? Although I know the difference and how they are computed, when I try to translate to simple English I ...
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Proof of $\sigma^2\geq (\mu-m)^2$ without resorting to Jensen's or Chebychev's inequality.

I asked a group of undergrad students (engineering) to prove that $\sigma^2\geq (\mu-m)^2$, where $\sigma^2$, $\mu$ and $m$ are the variance, mean and median of a continuous random variable. For the ...
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Why mean=median=mode of a bell curve?

I was reading this link - source - http://www.mathsisfun.com/data/standard-normal-distribution.html Here they say that for the bell curve - the mean = mode = median are identical. How mean i.e. ...
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Distribution estimate from a sample or just a probability theory task

Here is the task: I have a sample of replies to my e-mail from my mail box. A sample is taken over a period of 90 days, 1000 e-mails and replies if any. (We only consider a pair of {my original ...
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Distribution of sample median for a discrete random variable

Say I have a set $S = \{x_1, \dots, x_m\}$, where $1 \le x_i \le n$, all distinct, with median $M$. I take a sample $T$ of size $t$ from $S$, with replacement. I call $Y$ the median of $T$. What is ...
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Median value resulting in negative number

I know the that the formula for finding the median of grouped data that is: $$\mathrm{Median} = L_m + \left [ \frac { \frac{n}{2} - F_{m-1} }{f_m} \right ] \times c$$ And I also know what the ...
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Finding the median of the largest gap of a sequence of numbers in a set/vector

Im working on a programming function, but I cant seem to get this equation right. Im hoping someone can help point me in the right direction here. Say you have a set of numbers: 1, 10, 15, 25 All ...
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How can I calculate the median value?

$$f(a,b) = a^b$$ Where $0\le a \le1$ and $0\le b \le1$ and either $a\ne0$ or $b\ne0$ How can I calculate the median value of $f$ ? I can estimate it to be about 0.76536 by taking values along the ...
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How do I “recalculate” a median number?

I'm not sure how to explain the question, so I'll do it by an example. The median age in some country is 41.7. 50% is younger than 41.7, 50% is older. How would I calculate the percentage of the ...
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A point minimizing total great circle distance to a given set of points on a hemisphere

If you have a set of points on a hemisphere, how do you find a point on that hemisphere that has the minimum total great circle distance to the points in the set.
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What is weighted median? [duplicate]

I heard median of any number of data. Suppose we have a data [13,23,23,23,54] The median of this data is is 23. How we calculate the weighted median of same data (as mentioned above). ** ...
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How to prove the property of the Lemoine point of a triangle?

From Wolfram MathWorld, I know there is a Lemoine point of triangle, also called symmedian point, the sum of squared distances of this point to all the three sides is algebraically minimum. How to ...
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Does the median tend to the lower limit of the median class?

The median for a continous distribution is given by $M= L +\dfrac{(N/2-C)\cdot I}{f}$ where $M$ is median, $L$ is lower limit of median class, $N$ is the total frequency, $C$ is the cumulative ...
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Formulation and computation of “the” unique median of an even-sized list

Consider an even-sized set of numbers $X = \{x_k\}$, such as $X = \{1, 2, 7, 10\}$. The median $m$ is defined as: $$m = \mathrm{arg \min_x} \sum_k \lvert x_k - x\rvert^1$$ Any $m \in [2, 7]$ is a ...
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SD from Mean and Median

Given the mean and median of a dataset, is it possible to compute the standard deviation of the dataset?
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Median of i.i.d. uniform random variables on the interval $[-1/2, 1/2]$

Let $X_1, X_2, \ldots , X_{999}$ be independent and identically distributed random variables on the interval $[-1/2, 1/2]$. Let $X_{500}$ be the empirical median; that is, $X_{500} = X_k$ for some ...
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Error propagation of the median absolute deviation.

I wonder if there is a way to estimate error propagation of the mad (=median absolute deviation) for the difference between two median distributions, similar to how you estimate error propagation for ...
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Prove that this segment bisects another

The circle touches the trapezoid $GFEC$ at the points $C$, $D$ and $E$. The point $A$ is the center of the circle. The rest of the information can be seen in the diagrams below. What we have to ...
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Median of Medians in 2D Array/Matrix

This is a bit of a mathematics problem, and a MATLAB problem. In MATLAB, if I call median(M), where M is an ...
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Conclusions to be drawn from mean, median, stdev, and range

From a sample of size n = 100, the following descriptive measures were calculated: median=23, mean=20, standard deviation=5, range=35; 75 sample values are between 10 and 30; and 99 sample values are ...
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Why is the median the value that minimizes the sum of absolute deviations?

Apparently, the mean is the value that minimizes the sum of the squares of deviations, and this made sense to me because the sum of the squared differences can be represented as an equation: (a - ...
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Median $\neq$ Expectation

Do you have an example of real random variable such that its median is very different from its expectation? I mean it is obvious that they are differents. Thank you
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Median vs. Mean

Problem: Consider the following model: $y_i = \mu + \epsilon_i$, $i = 1,...,n$ Let the mean $\mu$ be estimated by minimizing the criterion $\sum|\mu - y_i|$ over $\mu$. Show that $m = ...
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Median of limited normal distributions

If $$x + \mathcal{N}(0,\,1) = 6$$ $$y + \mathcal{N}(0,\,1) = 7.5$$ $$\left|{y-x}\right| < 1$$ then what is the median of $y$? I'm expecting it to be $< 7.5$. If it is not, then why doesn't the ...
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Bounds on median of random walks

If $k$ random $n$-step $\pm 1$ walks start at 0, and the $i$th walk ends at position $X_i$, how big is $\text{median}_i \, |X_i|$? Is there a bound along the lines of $\text{P}(\text{median}_i \, ...
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In a distribution that is skewed by a few extreme outliers, what would be the best choice for a measure of central tendency?

According to my Professor, the answer to this question is the MEDIAN. However, wouldn't MODE be a better measure of central tendency? The mode is almost never affected by extreme outliers..please help ...
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Probability Question Random Variable Median

I have not idea where to start with this question can someone point me in the right direction...
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Given x is an exponential random variable, find median & probability

For the median, I believe that I should integrate the function, ∫x0λe−λtdt=1−e−λx Then I need 1−e−λm=.5 for m, which is equivalent to e−λm=.5. m=ln(2)/λ =>m=ln(2)/.2
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Find Weight for minimum Manhattan Distance

Let's say, I have three points $(1, 4)$, $(4, 3)$ and $(5, 2)$. I need to find weight $w_1$ and $w_2$ so that the point $(1, 4)$ be the centroid of the points in ...
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Means and Median of Probability

The question is: pennies come in rolls of 50. Out of the 200 rolls a bank is storing, 12 have all Canadian pennies: the remaining 188 rolls contain at least one American penny. In the 200 rolls, about ...
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Give a randomized algorithm to find the median that has an expected number of comparisons = 2n + o(n)

Any help would be very much appreciated. I'm aware of 2 types of algorithms: "Median of the medians" and one using guards like here: http://www.cs.nthu.edu.tw/~wkhon/random12/lecture/lecture9.pdf ...
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Functions minimized at the median of their arguments

I am doing research on problems of location of a public facility on a network which lead me to the following question. Is there an interesting way to characterize the class of functions $f : ...