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In some cases where the categories have an actual numerical basis, as with the age in the theatre survey, then choice of appropriate numerical codes might allow arithmetic summaries, but in general this should be treated with caution. Once an observation involves either counting or recording a numerical value of some kind on each individual, then the usual arithmetic operations are appropriate. For example, we might record an individual’s height in metres, weight in kilograms and the number of trips he or she has made by bus in the previous month; or we might count the number of rooms in each commercial property included in the survey and record the proportion of them used for storage purposes.

Once an observation involves either counting or recording a numerical value of some kind on each individual, then the usual arithmetic operations are appropriate. For example, we might record an individual’s height in metres, weight in kilograms and the number of trips he or she has made by bus in the previous month; or we might count the number of rooms in each commercial property included in the survey and record the proportion of them used for storage purposes. Counts are of course restricted to be integer values, while measurements such as heights or weights are only limited by the accuracy of the measuring instrument and can in principle take any value within some range.

Can these 100 numbers be replaced by just a few well-chosen summary measures from which the main features of the whole sample can be gleaned? If it can, what should be the nature of these summary measures? If a single summary measure is sought in place of the whole collection of numbers then arguably the most important value is the position of the ‘centre’ of the data, as this value focuses attention on the approximate ‘location’ of the data. Unsurprisingly, statistical terminology for such a value is either a measure of centrality or a measure of location.