What do measures of central tendency indicate?

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Central value which is representation of entire data.


If we look at the frequency distributions which we come across in practice, we shall find that there is a tendency of the variate values to cluster around a central value; in other words, most of the values lie in a small interval about a central value. This characteristic is called the central tendency of a frequency distribution .

The central value, which is taken as a representation of entire data, is called a measure of central tendency or, an average. In relation to a frequency distribution, an average is also termed as a measure of location, because it helps to locate the position of the distribution on the axis of the variable. It may be noted that an average is not necessarily one of the given data values.