To find the average for a measure in tableau, right click on the measure and select *average*:

**Definition:** The average is also known as the mean in statistics. This is the sum of values divided by the number of observations.

The formula for the mean or average is:

**Tip: Averages are** very commonly used to summarize large amounts of data, but often they don't give you an accurate or whole data story. For instance, averages are influenced by *outliers* (large or small data points relative to your data). In these cases, the *median* may be a better statistic as this indicates the middle data point.

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