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In a data set, the value that half the data points fall below and half the data points fall above. It is used along with the mean; it is not as influenced by extreme values as the mean.
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The middle number of a series. See also mean, which includes examples.

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Conclusion: In this study we were able to get median values of quadruple markers for regional population, which will be used in future to calculate MoM for the screening purpose of Down syndrome.
Keywords: Down syndrome, Median, Second trimester, Screening, Serum biomarker.
Medians and median clouds are often used to estimate the ancestor of three or more contemporary species.
Reversal and transposition medians. Theoretical Computer Science, 374:111-126, 2007.
Phase 3 -- Preventing the Future Construction of Highways with Unprotected Narrow Medians. NCDOT adopted a new design policy in 1998 to prevent the construction of highways with unprotected median width of less than 21 meters (70 feet).
In addition, the study showed increases in the compensatory jury-award median involving major liabilities.
The Bowman and Vecellio study[4] found vehicular accident rates per 100 MVM, in CBD areas, to be 21 percent higher for curbed medians and 76 percent higher for undivided, than for 2WLTL.
The medians in exhibit 1 support this view as company B's cumulative effect falls well below the medians for the standard report group.
Of those programs which receive funding from Title VII Part A (46% of the programs), the median amount received is almost $17,000; local government funding (37%), $39,000; fee for service (47%), $45,000; and other business activities (21%), $14,000.
The fourth quarter median sale price of $270,000 was $10,000 or 4 percent higher than the $260,000 median of the fourth quarter of 1995.
Most of the research on the median CPI has focused upon its forecasting ability.
Similarly, East Side prewar condominium prices were unchanged from last year with a median cost of $723 per-square-foot this quarter, the same as 12 months ago.