Difference between "average" and "mean"

Posted on 2006-04-17
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
From what I've read, "average" and "mean" seem to be the same measurement.  Is there any case where they refer to different measurements?

Question by:pw05
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi pw05,

    Generally arithmetic mean is called average.
    Refer to these links for detailed explanation and reference about other kinds of mean

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    Assisted Solution

    They're generally used interchangeably — so, unless specified otherwise, you can merely assume that by "mean" they mean "average", and vice versa.

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