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- Subject: [mg18224] Re: [mg18214] quartiles
- From: David Withoff <withoff at wolfram.com>
- Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 14:24:11 -0400
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
> I am working with some statistics problems and have a question about finding
> quartiles for a set of data
> salaries =
> The upper quartile should be the median of the numbers above the median, so
> why is it 55000?
> 40000,40000, 40000
> Does Mathematica use some algorithm to get rid of outliers before finding
> quartiles, or does it eliminate the median from the data set before finding
> the quartiles, .....?
> The set of data I used as an example was taken from the math text I am using
> and the answer the text supplies, and the answer I think I should get, is
> different from the one Mathematica gets. I would appreciate any advice on this!
> Tom De Vries
A discussion of the definition of Quartiles, and some alternate definitions,
can be found in
You can also get definitive information about these definitions by looking
in the Statistics`DescriptiveStatistics` package, as the programming is
There are several definitions of quartiles that are in common use.
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