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## How to Find the Median in Minitab

The median in statistics is the middle number of a data set. The median is part of “Descriptive Statistics” in probability and statistics; descriptive stats like mean, mode and median give you some basic information about the size and scope of a data set. Finding the median involves ordering your numbers from smallest to largest and then locating the middle number. This can be a time-consuming task for very large datasets but you can find the median in Minitab in a couple of clicks.

**Sample problem:** Find the median in Minitab for the following set of numbers: 123, 125, 126, 127, 127, 128, 129, 159, 214, 237, 238, 254, 256, 258, 259, 321, 325, 357, 451, 452, 452, 453, 456, 456, 457, 458, 458, 459, 651, 652, 652, 653, 654, 657, 658, 659, 741, 742, 748, 753, 754, 759, 765, 785, 789, 798, 852, 963, 987.

**Type your data into one column**in a Minitab worksheet. If you’ve used Excel, Minitab works the same way. If you haven’t entered data into a worksheet before:

- Type the first number (in this case, 123) into the top left cell.
- Click on the cell immediately below and enter the next number.
- Continue down the column until all the numbers have been entered. Don’t skip any cells (i.e. don’t leave any blank spaces).

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

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

Step 4: **Click “Statistics.”**

Step 5: **Check the “Median” box** and then click “OK” twice. The median will be displayed in a new window. The median for this particular set of numbers is 457.

*That’s it!*

**Tip:** It may take you a few minutes to type in your dataset, but once you have you can perform any number of statistical calculations in Minitab on the set without having to retype it.