What is the formula for calculating the mean of several points in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

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I have calculated the centres of a set of sphere approximations and now need to calculate the mean centre. Would it be easiest to use spherical coordinates?

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    $\begingroup$ What's wrong with just adding them and dividing by the number of points? $\endgroup$
    – Arthur
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ Ok, so it is just the means of each of x, y, and z components? $\endgroup$
    – carrytiger
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 19:17
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    $\begingroup$ If that works for whatever it is you need it for, then yes. But it doesn't work in spherical coordinates. $\endgroup$
    – Arthur
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 19:18


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