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Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by KaiserSoze
thats as close as we have got so far to a correct answer , well done
Originally posted by VictorVonDoom
I hate to be the one to state the obvious, but here it goes. If 99.7% of humans posess a particular trait, then it IS average. A trait can't be considered above average if nearly everyone has it. The original statement is like saying that an above average number of people have the ability to walk. Since nearly everyone can walk, the people who can't are the ones who are not average.
Originally posted by Ariess
reply to post by xxdaniel21
Because, the alleged .3% of people have less then the other 99.7% of people. This lowers the average to below what the 99.7% of people have.
Originally posted by remembering
there is a difference between average number of limbs and an average human's number of limbs. The first is a number by taking the sum of all limbs in the group and divide by the number of humans. I am sure the amount in a very large group would be some where around 3.99 something. There for everyone in the group that had 4 limbs would have more than the average. On the other hand the average human (in this case then norm vs. the average) would be 4 limbs and it would be a totally different percent.
On the other hand I did want to say the 73% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Originally posted by xxdaniel21
How is it "average" if 99.7% of humans are above it?
Come on ATS, i thought you're better than this?
How is this thread still up?
Originally posted by remembering
On the other hand I did want to say the 73% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Originally posted by Magnificient
reply to post by DAZ21
I have to agree that the number is probably made up. I've never seen anybody with six fingers, though I have seen somebody with an extra nipple.
I am astounded at the ignorance displayed throughout this thread, with only a small number of people actually understanding why the OP is most likely correct, accepting that we don't actually have an accurate figure on the number of limbs or people on Earth.
Originally posted by Ariess
reply to post by xxdaniel21
Average n. :The result obtained by adding several quantities together and then dividing this total by the number of quantities; the mean.
If out of 1000 people there is 3 people with 3 limbs, 2 people with 5, and 995 people with 4 limbs you get 3999 limbs. Divide that by 1000 people, and you get an average of 3.999 limbs per person. 997 have more then 3.999. Divide 997 by 1000, and you get .997. .997 is 99.7 percent. Meaning that 99.7%, of the 1000, have "an above average number of limbs"edit on 4-2-2012 by Ariess because: (no reason given)