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The monthly household incomes of 8 families are given as:
{45000, 50000, 75000, 60000, 48000, 54000, 68000 and 150000}

Find the average income. Does the mean income give a fair idea of the average household income?


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Solution

Mean household income = Sum of IncomesNumber of Households

= 45000+50000+75000+60000+48000+54000+68000+1500008

= 5500008

= 68750

If we don't take the final value into consideration, since it is way above the rest of the households, we get :

Mean = 45000+50000+75000+60000+48000+54000+680007

= 57142.85, which is 11607 less than the mean income if taken for all 8 households.

6 values of incomes out of 8 lie below the mean, which means this is not a correct projection for the Average.

Thus, the mean income does not give a fair idea of the average household income for this data.


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