# Unlearning descriptive statistics

Top tips on better descriptive statistics:

• Instead of the mean, use the median and/or the mode.
• Instead of the standard deviation, use the mean absolute deviation, the median absolute deviation, or the interquartile range.
• Instead of z-scores, use percentile ranks.
• Instead of skewness, use a QQ-plot or a histogram.
• Instead of x standard deviations from the mean, use x median absolute deviations from the median.
• Instead of correlation metrics, just use a scatterplot.

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