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Why calculating the average doesn't work for Must Hear Albums


calculating the average is not good for the must-hear criterion.

Let’s say 17 magazines give it an 80, two give it a 100, and Fantano gives it a 20 (because of its extreme ratings), then the album only has an average of 79.

You see, 19 have rated 80 or higher (so the majority thinks it’s must-hear), but it’s still not a must hear album.

You’d better use the median.