Median is the middle value of a set of data. To determine the median value in a sequence of numbers, the numbers must first be arranged in ascending order.

- If there is an odd amount of numbers, the median value is the number that is in the middle, with the same amount of numbers below and above.
- If there is an even amount of numbers in the list, the median is the average of the two middle values.

**Fact about Median : **

- Median is joined by the mean and the mode to create a grouping called measures of central tendency.
- Median is an important measure (compared to mean) for distorted data, because median is not so easily distorted. For example, median of {1, 2, 2, 5, 100) is 2 and mean is 22.
- If user add a constant to every value, the mean and median increase by the same constant.
- If user multiply every value by a constant, the mean and the median will also be multiplied by that constant.

**Formula of Median of ungrouped data :**

**Formula of Median of grouped data :**

**How to find a median of an unsorted array ?****Naive solution:**

Given *n* size unsorted array, find its median.

Median of a sorted array of size n is defined as below :

It is middle element when n is odd and average of middle two elements when n is even. Since the array is not sorted here, we sort the array first, then apply above formula.

**Examples:**

Input :{1, 3, 4, 2, 6, 5, 8, 7}Output :Median = 4.5 Since number of elements are even, median is average of 4th and 5th largest elements. which means (4 + 5)/2 = 4.5Input :{4, 4, 4, 4, 4}Output :Median = 4

Below is the code implementation:

## C++

`// CPP program to find median` `#include <bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function for calculating median` `double` `findMedian(` `int` `a[], ` `int` `n)` `{` ` ` `// First we sort the array` ` ` `sort(a, a + n);` ` ` `// check for even case` ` ` `if` `(n % 2 != 0)` ` ` `return` `(` `double` `)a[n / 2];` ` ` `return` `(` `double` `)(a[(n - 1) / 2] + a[n / 2]) / 2.0;` `}` `// Driver program` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `int` `a[] = { 1, 3, 4, 2, 7, 5, 8, 6 };` ` ` `int` `n = ` `sizeof` `(a) / ` `sizeof` `(a[0]);` ` ` `cout << ` `"Median = "` `<< findMedian(a, n) << endl;` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java program to find median` `import` `java.util.*;` `class` `GFG {` ` ` `// Function for calculating median` ` ` `public` `static` `double` `findMedian(` `int` `a[], ` `int` `n)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// First we sort the array` ` ` `Arrays.sort(a);` ` ` `// check for even case` ` ` `if` `(n % ` `2` `!= ` `0` `)` ` ` `return` `(` `double` `)a[n / ` `2` `];` ` ` `return` `(` `double` `)(a[(n - ` `1` `) / ` `2` `] + a[n / ` `2` `]) / ` `2.0` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Driver program` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])` ` ` `{` ` ` `int` `a[] = { ` `1` `, ` `3` `, ` `4` `, ` `2` `, ` `7` `, ` `5` `, ` `8` `, ` `6` `};` ` ` `int` `n = a.length;` ` ` `System.out.println(` `"Median = "` `+ findMedian(a, n));` ` ` `}` `}` |

## Python3

`# Python3 program to find median` `# Function for calculating median` `def` `findMedian(a, n):` ` ` `# First we sort the array` ` ` `sorted` `(a)` ` ` `# check for even case` ` ` `if` `n ` `%` `2` `!` `=` `0` `:` ` ` `return` `float` `(a[n ` `/` `/` `2` `])` ` ` ` ` `return` `float` `((a[` `int` `((n` `-` `1` `)` `/` `2` `)] ` `+` ` ` `a[` `int` `(n ` `/` `2` `)])` `/` `2.0` `)` `# Driver program` `a ` `=` `[ ` `1` `, ` `3` `, ` `4` `, ` `2` `, ` `7` `, ` `5` `, ` `8` `, ` `6` `]` `n ` `=` `len` `(a)` `print` `(` `"Median ="` `, findMedian(a, n))` |

## C#

`// C# program to find median` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG {` ` ` `// Function for` ` ` `// calculating median` ` ` `public` `static` `double` `findMedian(` `int` `[] a, ` `int` `n)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// First we sort` ` ` `// the array` ` ` `Array.Sort(a);` ` ` `// check for` ` ` `// even case` ` ` `if` `(n % 2 != 0)` ` ` `return` `(` `double` `)a[n / 2];` ` ` `return` `(` `double` `)(a[(n - 1) / 2] + a[n / 2]) / 2.0;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Driver Code` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `Main()` ` ` `{` ` ` `int` `[] a = { 1, 3, 4, 2,` ` ` `7, 5, 8, 6 };` ` ` `int` `n = a.Length;` ` ` `Console.Write(` `"Median = "` `+ findMedian(a, n) + ` `"\n"` `);` ` ` `}` `}` |

## PHP

`<?php` `// PHP program to find median` `// Function for` `// calculating median` `function` `findMedian(&` `$a` `, ` `$n` `)` `{` ` ` `// First we sort the array` ` ` `sort(` `$a` `);` ` ` `// check for even case` ` ` `if` `(` `$n` `% 2 != 0)` ` ` `return` `(double)` `$a` `[` `$n` `/ 2];` ` ` ` ` `return` `(double)(` `$a` `[(` `$n` `- 1) / 2] +` ` ` `$a` `[` `$n` `/ 2]) / 2.0;` `}` `// Driver Code` `$a` `= ` `array` `(1, 3, 4, 2,` ` ` `7, 5, 8, 6);` `$n` `= sizeof(` `$a` `);` `echo` `"Median = "` `.` ` ` `findMedian(` `$a` `, ` `$n` `);` `?>` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// JavaScript program to find median` `// Function for calculating median` `function` `findMedian(a, n)` `{` ` ` `// First we sort the array` ` ` `a.sort();` ` ` `// check for even case` ` ` `if` `(n % 2 != 0)` ` ` `return` `a[parseInt(n / 2)];` ` ` `return` `(a[parseInt((n - 1) / 2)] + a[parseInt(n / 2)]) / 2.0;` `}` `// Driver program` ` ` `let a = [ 1, 3, 4, 2, 7, 5, 8, 6 ];` ` ` `let n = a.length;` ` ` `document.write(` `"Median = "` `+ findMedian(a, n));` `</script>` |

**Output:**

Median = 4.5

Time Complexity to find median = O(n Log n) as we need to sort the array first. Note that we can find median in O(n) time using methods discussed here and here.**Basic Program related to Median: **

- Maximize the median of an array
- Minimum Increment / decrement to make array elements equal
- Minimum sum of differences with an element in an array
- Median of two sorted arrays of different sizes | Set 1 (Linear)
- Median of two sorted arrays with different sizes in O(log(min(n, m)))

**More problems related to Median: **

- Median and Mode using Counting Sort
- Minimum number of elements to add to make median equals x
- Decode a median string to the original string
- Median after K additional integers
- Find median in row wise sorted matrix
- Find median of BST in O(n) time and O(1) space
- Median in a stream of integers (running integers)

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