Mean > Find the Mean in Minitab

## How to Find the Mean in Minitab

Watch the video or follow the steps below to find the mean in Minitab:

Minitab is a statistics package. Microsoft Excel does have some statistical capabilities, but it’s been looked at with skepticism in the past few years because of problems with incorrect calculations (this is true mostly for hypothesis testing). As Minitab was built for statistical analysis, it’s without the possibility of the types of system error you’ll see with Excel.

## How to Find the Mean in Minitab: Steps

**Sample problem:** Calculate the mean for the following data set: 12, 12, 13, 23, 32, 45, 45, 45, 56, 56, 65, 78, 78, 78, 89, 89, 98

Step 1: **Type your data into columns **in a Minitab worksheet. The worksheet functions the same way as an Excel worksheet — the optimal place for your data is in a column format.

Step 2: **Click “Stat”, then click “Basic Statistics,” then click “Descriptive Statistics.”**

Step 3: **Click the variables you want to find the mean for **and then click “Select” to move the variable names to the right window.

Step 4: **Click “Statistics.”**

Step 5: **Check the “Mean” box and then click “OK” twice. **The mean will be displayed in a new window. The mean for this data set is 53.765.

*That’s it!*

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