On Thursday 25 October 2001 03:41 pm, you wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Oct 2001, Joel Neely wrote:
> > But, unfortunately, not true.
> >
> > Half of all X are below the *median*, but not below the average
> > unless there's a totally symmetric distribution, which rarely
> > happens in nature.
>
> To nitpick the nitpick - things in nature often have a gaussian (normal)
> distribution, which is indeed symmetric.  Human height, etc, show a normal
> distribution, and I don't see why programming skill wouldn't.
>
> IANAS (I am not a statistican), however.

Well, a lot of statistics are good for general presentation, which
doesn't apply to specific case.
For example, you can't say that average height of NBA players
will be 5'9" if the world population average if 5'9" would you?

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