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Date:         Tue, 15 Feb 2000 15:03:27 -0300
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Hector E. Maletta" <hmaletta@OVERNET.COM.AR>
Subject:      Re: Harmonic mean
Comments: To: ewalsh@FORRESTER.COM
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An harmonic mean is the reciprocal of the arithmetic means of reciprocals. That is, for a variable X, the harmonic mean is H= 1/A where A stands for: A=(1/N)sum(1/Xi).

For a given collection of numbers, the arithmetic mean is highest, the geometric mean is intermediate in value, and the harmonic is the lowest of the three. Just as the arithmetic mean is strongly affected by extremely high values, the harmonic mean is strongly affected by extremely low values of the variable. The geometric mean, of course, is the nth root of the product of n values.

Hector Maletta Universidad del Salvador Buenos Aires, Argentina

ewalsh@FORRESTER.COM wrote: > > Hello, > Could anyone please tell me what a harmonic mean is? Thank you! > Ekaterina O. Walsh, Ph.D. > Analyst > Technographics Data & Analysis > Forrester Research, Inc.

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