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  •  Actually she would not affect the median AT ALL (0+ / 0-)

    The median is simply the peak of the bell curve. Oprah Winfrey by herself will not affect that peak even by one person.

    If we are talking about the MODE, then yes she would shift it over by 1/2 a person. The mode is the midpoint between the very top and the very bottom.

    •  Now we're getting technical (0+ / 0-)

      it's hard enough for most people here just to understand that this is about "median" of "net worth"--most seem to assume "average" and "annual income" are it...

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 07:55:50 PM PST

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    •  What the fuck (0+ / 0-)

      Median has nothing to do with a normal/Gaussian/bell curve.

      Mode is the most frequent data value.  Adding or deleting Oprah would not affect the mode.

      "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

      by Old Left Good Left on Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 10:25:52 PM PST

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