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### Course: High school statistics>Unit 2

Lesson 3: Percentiles and z-scores

# Calculating percentile

Learn how to calculate the percentile rank for a given data point.

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• shouldn't it be 57.14% ?
• You're correct. He made a mistake when dividing 7 into 50.
• I can see how we just guess and check to see whether we should use method 1 or 2, but supposed this is on the Free Response section of the exam? How should we know which definition of percentile to use?
• Percentiles for finite and/or discrete data sets tend to be ambiguous, because there are multiple reasonable definitions of percentile that could give different answers. If you are given a free response question about percentiles and you are not told which definition to use, it is best to explain which definition you are using.

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• At , shouldn't 7 go into 50 seven times, not five?
• Yes, Sal made a minor mistake. He thought that 4/7 equals 0.55 repeating. However 4/7 = 0.571428571. Hope this helped!
• Sal made a mistake when caculating 4/7, hesaid that it was about 0.55, but it is actually 0.571428...
• Yes, you're correct. Sal made a mistake in his calculation. The correct calculation of 4/7 is approximately 0.571428..., which is about 57.14%.
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• Even though the answer is 57 % would you say the answer is 55 because that is the closest one?
• yes because 70 is much farther away than 55
• 7 goes into 50 7 times, not 5 times
• Wait a minute, did Sal make a mistake for the calculation of 7 divided by 4.000? Because I am pretty sure it should have been around 0.57...
• Hi!

How do I determine which "percentile method" to use (especially if the question is not multiple choice and I can't compare my answer with the ones given)?