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# For 9 high-tech fields, the table provides data on all patent applicat

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Re: For 9 high-tech fields, the table provides data on all patent applicat [#permalink]
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Computer technology, number of applications

The number of applications listed for the field of Computer technology is 8,288. When the values in the Number of applications column are in descending order, the middle (median) value for the nine fields is 8,288. Therefore, the number of applications for the field of Computer technology is equal to the median for the nine fields.

The correct answer is Greater than or equal to median.

Digital communication, number of applicants

The number of applicants listed for the field of Digital communication is 806. When the values in the Number of applicants column are in descending order, the middle (median) value for the nine fields is 1,872. Therefore, the number of applicants for the field of Digital communication is less than the median for the nine fields.

The correct answer is Less than median.

Organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals, average number of applications per applicant

The average number of applications per applicant listed for the field of Organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals is 3.15. When the values in the Average number of applications per applicant column are in descending order, the middle (median) value for the nine fields is 4.07. Therefore, the average number of applications per applicant for the field of Organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals is less than the median for the nine fields.

The correct answer is Less than median.
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Re: For 9 high-tech fields, the table provides data on all patent applicat [#permalink]
This question is very easy, I got it correct in 1:40. First there're 9 fields so the median of each category lies on the 9/2=4.5=5 fifth row. Then you just have to sort them from low to high then compare the intended values with the median of each row.
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