# How do I interpret mean absolute error (MAE) or mean absolute percentage error (MAPE) in layman words?

For example, I am predicting a score that can have value from 0 to 100. Lets assume MAPE = 10 for one case. In other case MAE = 10. How can I interpret it in layman words? Does it means:

1. MAPE/MAE showed that prediction error calculated with MAPE/MA method was from -5 to +5 from actual value.
2. MAPE/MAE showed that prediction error calculated with MAPE/MA method was from -10 to +10 from actual value.
3. Some other kind of interpretation?
• We have tags mape and mae, which I added to your question. I would recommend you take a look at other questions carrying these tags. – Stephan Kolassa Apr 30 at 7:50