Friday, May 15, 2015

National Geographic's "Are you typical?"

This animated short from National Geographic touches on averages, median, mode, sampling, and the need for cross-cultural research.

When defining the typical (modal) human, the video provides good examples of when to use mode (when determining which country has the largest population) and when to use median (median age in the world). It also illustrates the need to collect cross-cultural data before making any broad statements about typicality (when describing how "typical" is relative to a population).