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When basketball star Michel Jordan graduated from collage as one of a small number of geography majors, the average starting salary for a geography major soared by several hundred thousand dollars. In a situation like this, where one unusual bit of data greatly inflates the average, it is important to use which measure of variation? a. Mean. b. Median. c. Range. d. Standard deviation. e. Mode.

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B. It is best to use the median, because the median is least affected by outliers. One unusual bit of data can change the outcome of the calculated mean drastically, but the median will likely still be the same or very similar.

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