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.
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Entry modified 2 September 2008.
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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: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/averagecase.html