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A generalized mean, also known as power mean or Hölder mean, is an abstraction of the Pythagorean means including arithmetic, geometric and harmonic means. The three classical Pythagorean means are the arithmetic mean (A), the geometric mean (G), and the harmonic mean (H). ... In mathematics and statistics, the arithmetic mean (or simply the mean) of a list of numbers is the sum of all the members of the list divided by the number of items in the list. ... The geometric mean of a set of positive data is defined as the nth root of the product of all the members of the set, where n is the number of members. ... In mathematics, the harmonic mean is one of several methods of calculating an average. ... In statistics, mean has two related meanings: the average in ordinary English, which is also called the arithmetic mean (and is distinguished from the geometric mean or harmonic mean). ...

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Definition

If p is a non-zero real number, we can define the generalized mean with exponent p of the positive real numbers x_1,dots,x_n as In mathematics, the real numbers may be described informally in several different ways. ...

M_p(x) = sqrt[p]{frac{1}{n} cdot sum_{i=1}^n x_{i}^p}

Properties

  • Like most means, the generalized mean is a homogeneous function of its arguments x_1,dots,x_n. That is, if b is a positive real number, then the generalized mean with exponent p of the numbers bcdot x_1,dots, bcdot x_n is equal to b times the generalized mean of the numbers x_1,dots, x_n.
  • Like the quasi-arithmetic means, the computation of the mean can be split into computations of equal sized sub-blocks.
M_p(x_1,dots,x_{ncdot k}) = M_p(M_p(x_1,dots,x_{k}), M_p(x_{k+1},dots,x_{2cdot k}), dots, M_p(x_{(n-1)cdot k + 1},dots,x_{ncdot k}))

In statistics, mean has two related meanings: the average in ordinary English, which is also called the arithmetic mean (and is distinguished from the geometric mean or harmonic mean). ... In mathematics, a homogeneous function is a function with multiplicative scaling behaviour: if the argument is multiplied by some factor, then the result is multiplied by some power of this factor. ... In mathematics and statistics, the quasi-arithmetic mean (or generalised f-mean) is the natural generalisation of the more familiar means such as the arithmetic mean and the geometric mean, using a function f(x). ...

Generalized Mean Inequality

In general, if p < q, then M_p(x) le M_q(x) and the two means are equal if and only if x_1 = x_2 = dots = x_n. That follows from the fact that forall pinmathbb{R} frac{partial M_p(x)}{partial p}geq 0, that can be proved using Jensen's inequality. In mathematics, Jensens inequality, named after the Danish mathematician Johan Jensen, relates the value of a convex function of an integral to the integral of the convex function. ...


In particular, for pin{-1, 0, 1}, the generalized mean inequality implies the Pythagorean means inequality as well as the inequality of arithmetic and geometric means. The three classical Pythagorean means are the arithmetic mean (A), the geometric mean (G), and the harmonic mean (H). ... In mathematics, the inequality of arithmetic and geometric means, or more briefly the AM-GM inequality, states that the arithmetic mean of a list of non-negative real numbers is greater than or equal to the geometric mean of the same list; and further, that the two means are equal...


Special cases

The largest and the smallest element of a set are called extreme values, or extreme records. ... In mathematics, the harmonic mean is one of several methods of calculating an average. ... The geometric mean of a set of positive data is defined as the nth root of the product of all the members of the set, where n is the number of members. ... In mathematics and statistics, the arithmetic mean (or simply the mean) of a list of numbers is the sum of all the members of the list divided by the number of items in the list. ... In mathematics, root mean square (abbreviated RMS or rms), also known as the quadratic mean, is a statistical measure of the magnitude of a varying quantity: its specially useful when variates are positive and negative, ie the cases of waves. ... The largest and the smallest element of a set are called extreme values, or extreme records. ...

Generalized f-mean

The power mean could be generalized further to the generalized f-mean: In mathematics and statistics, the generalised f-mean is the natural generalisation of the more familar means such as the arithmetic mean and the geometric mean, using a function f(x). ...

M_f(x) = f^{-1} left({frac{1}{n}cdotsum_{i=1}^n{f(x_i)}}right)

which covers e.g. the geometric mean without using a limit.


Applications

Signal processing

A power mean serves a non-linear moving average which is shifted towards small signal values for small p and emphasizes big signal values for big p. Given an efficient implementation of a moving arithmetic mean called smooth you can implement a moving power mean according to the following Haskell code. The term moving average is used in different contexts. ... A low-pass filter passes low frequencies fairly well, but attenuates high frequencies. ... Haskell is a standardized pure functional programming language with non-strict semantics, named after the logician Haskell Curry. ...

 powerSmooth :: Floating a => ([a] -> [a]) -> a -> [a] -> [a] powerSmooth smooth p = map (** recip p) . smooth . map (**p) 

An envelope detector is a device which is used to demodulate AM signals. ... AC, half-wave and full wave rectified signals A rectifier is an electrical device, comprising one or more semiconductive devices (such as diodes) or vacuum tubes arranged for converting alternating current to direct current. ... A mass spectrum is an intensity vs. ...

See also

In mathematics, the inequality of arithmetic and geometric means, or more briefly the AM-GM inequality, states that the arithmetic mean of a list of non-negative real numbers is greater than or equal to the geometric mean of the same list; and further, that the two means are equal... In mathematics and statistics, the arithmetic mean (or simply the mean) of a list of numbers is the sum of all the members of the list divided by the number of items in the list. ... The geometric mean of a set of positive data is defined as the nth root of the product of all the members of the set, where n is the number of members. ... In mathematics, the harmonic mean is one of several methods of calculating an average. ... The Lehmer mean of a tuple of positive real numbers is defined as: . [edit] See also mean Categories: | ... In mathematics, exponentiation is a process generalized from repeated multiplication, in much the same way that multiplication is a process generalized from repeated addition. ... In mathematics, an average or central tendency of a set (list) of data refers to a measure of the middle of the data set. ... In mathematics, the root mean square or rms is a statistical measure of the magnitude of a varying quantity. ...

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