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[GMAT math practice question] What is the median value of the data displayed in the following frequency table? Attachment:
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\(1) x=2\) \(2) y=5\)
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MathRevolution wrote: [GMAT math practice question] What is the median value of the data displayed in the following frequency table? Attachment: a.png \(1) x=2\) \(2) y=5\) As the data is arranged in ascending order, so \(y>5\). This implies that minimum numbers in the set will be \(= 1+2+3+4+5=15\). Hence median will be a number that will in the \(8th\) or higher position depending upon the value of \(y\). Hence \(x\) cannot be median because last \(x\) will be at \(6th\) position if \(0<x<3\). So essentially we need to know the value of \(y\) Statement 1: nothing mentioned about \(y\). InsufficientStatement 2: directly provides the value of \(y\). SufficientOption B



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niks18 wrote: MathRevolution wrote: [GMAT math practice question] What is the median value of the data displayed in the following frequency table? Attachment: a.png \(1) x=2\) \(2) y=5\) As the data is arranged in ascending order, so \(y>5\). This implies that minimum numbers in the set will be \(= 1+2+3+4+5=15\). Hence median will be a number that will in the \(8th\) or higher position depending upon the value of \(y\). Hence \(x\) cannot be median because last \(x\) will be at \(6th\) position. So essentially we need to know the value of \(y\) Statement 1: nothing mentioned about \(y\). InsufficientStatement 2: directly provides the value of \(y\). SufficientOption B we dont know the value of x. we cant assume that x will take value b/w 1 and 3



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varundixitmro2512 wrote: niks18 wrote: MathRevolution wrote: [GMAT math practice question] What is the median value of the data displayed in the following frequency table? Attachment: a.png \(1) x=2\) \(2) y=5\) As the data is arranged in ascending order, so \(y>5\). This implies that minimum numbers in the set will be \(= 1+2+3+4+5=15\). Hence median will be a number that will in the \(8th\) or higher position depending upon the value of \(y\). Hence \(x\) cannot be median because last \(x\) will be at \(6th\) position. So essentially we need to know the value of \(y\) Statement 1: nothing mentioned about \(y\). InsufficientStatement 2: directly provides the value of \(y\). SufficientOption B we dont know the value of x. we cant assume that x will take value b/w 1 and 3 hi varundixitmro2512I am not saying that the value of x is between 1 & 3. The question states that the frequency of x is 3, hence it will not impact the median because frequency of y is more than 5 For eg. let x=100 & y=5,So if you arrange the numbers in ascending order, then it will be as follows  0,1,1,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,100,100, you can calculate the median of this set. you may take any value of x, as long as y>5, it will not impact the median. For clarity I have edited the post



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=> Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution. The first step of the VA (Variable Approach) method is to modify the original condition and the question. We then recheck the question. If \(y = 1\), the median is \(x\). If \(y = 2\), the median is \(\frac{( x + 3 )}{2}\) If \(3 ≤ y ≤ 9\), the median is \(3\). If \(y = 10\), the median is \(\frac{( 3 + 4 )}{2} = 3.5\) If \(y ≥ 10\), the median is \(4\). Thus, the condition 2) is sufficient. Therefore, the answer is B. Answer: B
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Statement 1 is anyways insufficient because value of y will make the median very from 2 to 4.
As per Statement 2, when y=5, 2 scenarios arise:
Situation 1: x=2, median =3 Situation 2: x=3.5, median =3.5
Thus, this statement also becomes insufficient. In my opinion, the answer should be C)
Am I missing something here?



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mb2202 wrote: Statement 1 is anyways insufficient because value of y will make the median very from 2 to 4.
As per Statement 2, when y=5, 2 scenarios arise:
Situation 1: x=2, median =3 Situation 2: x=3.5, median =3.5
Thus, this statement also becomes insufficient. In my opinion, the answer should be C)
Am I missing something here? Hi mb2202When frequency table is presented then generally data are arranged in ascending order. However it would have been great if the question stem had mentioned that the arrangement is in ascending order. The solution is based on the assumption that the data is in ascending order hence x<3, so x=3.5 is not possible here.



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Quote: I am not saying that the value of x is between 1 & 3. The question states that the frequency of x is 3, hence it will not impact the median because frequency of y is more than 5
For eg. let x=100 & y=5,So if you arrange the numbers in ascending order, then it will be as follows 
0,1,1,3,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,100,100, you can calculate the median of this set.
you may take any value of x, as long as y>5, it will not impact the median.
For clarity I have edited the post
Hi niks18, Your answer is BASING on the assumption that x is not between 1&3. It actually MATTERS if x is between 1&3 and x is NOT between 1&3. If x =2 the Median is 3 and if x = 100 the median is 4. (x is repeated THREE TIMES NOT TWO TIMES)




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