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average case

(definition)

Definition: Having to do with the mathematical average of all cases.

See also best case, worst case, mean, mode, median.

Note: Deciding whether the average is mean, median, or mode, and what are all expected or reasonable cases can be difficult.

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "average case", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 2 September 2008. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/averagecase.html