A value that occurs more often than any other in a frequency distribution. In effect, the mode is the value, if any, that appears more likely than any other to occur. As a measure of central tendency it is generally less informative than either the mean or the median, but it has the advantage that it can be used with non-numerical (i.e., nominal or categorical) data to which the mean and median cannot be applied.

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