# Why Should You Use the Original Units of Measurement When Interpreting the Mean?

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Hi there! When we talk about the mean in statistics, we’re talking about finding the average of a set of numbers. It’s like adding up all the numbers and dividing by how many there are. But when we interpret the mean, it’s important to use the same units of measurement as the original data.

• Here’s an example: Let’s say we have a group of students who took a test, and we want to find the average score. The test is out of 100 points, and the mean score is 70. But if we just say, “The mean score is 70”, that doesn’t tell us much on its own. If we don’t know that the test is out of 100 points, we might think a score of 70 is not very good.

That’s why it’s important to use the same units of measurement as the original data. In this case, we should say, “The mean score is 70 out of 100”, so we know exactly what the mean represents.

• Another example could be if we’re talking about the average height of a group of people. If we measure in feet, we should say, “The mean height is 5 feet 6 inches”, not just “The mean height is 66 inches”, because it’s easier for people to understand the height measurement in feet and inches.

So remember, when interpreting the mean, it’s important to use the same units of measurement as the original data so that people can understand exactly what the mean represents.