Video: Finding the Mode of a Data Set

The following data points represent the number of goals scored by a player in 10 consecutive matches: 2, 1, 2, 0, 1, 2, 1, 4, 4, 2. What was the mode score?

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The following data points represent the number of goals scored by a player in 10 consecutive matches: two, one, two, zero, one, two, one, four, four, two. What was the mode score?

The mode is the number that occurs most often in a set of values. Since we’re talking about a soccer match, we have values ranging from zero to four. For these 10 consecutive matches, we want to tell you the number of goals scored by a player.

In the first match, the player scored two goals. We can put a mark above the two. In the second match, a player scored one goal. In the third match, the player scored two goals again. We can place another x above the two. In the fourth match, the player scored zero goals.

In the fifth match, the player scored one goal again. In the sixth match, the player scored two goals. In the seventh match, the player scored one goal. In the eighth match, our player scored four goals. Our player also scored four goals in the ninth match. And finally in the tenth match, the player scored two goals. We can place another x above our two.

Remember that our mode is the number that occurs most often. So which score occurred most often? The player scored one goal three times, and the player scored two goals four times. In the 10 consecutive matches, the player scored two most often. This means that for this data set and for this player, the mode score was two.

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