Why is the mode not used very much as a measure of central tendency?

1 Answer
Dec 10, 2017

It is a quick, but crude look at the frequency distribution.


The mode can be helpful in some analyses, but generally it does not contain enough accurate information to be useful in determining the shape of a distribution. When it is not a "Normal Distribution" the Mode can be misleading, although it is helpful in conjunction with the Mean for defining the amount of skewness in a distribution.

With modern calculation devices the simplicity of calculating or observing the Mode is overtaken by the ease of calculating the Mean and Standard Deviation.