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Suppose I have a finite multiset of $n$ elements (a "population" I guess we can call it). Suppose this set has a proper mode, appearing m out of $n$ times. What term(s) do statisticians use:

  1. For $m$?
  2. For the ratio $m/n$?
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    $\begingroup$ 1. Absolute frequency of the modal value (or mode) 2. Relative frequency of the modal value (or mode) $\endgroup$ – Gio Apr 3 at 18:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Gio: And those are the shortest terms for them? :-( Also, if I say "frequency of the mode", would this be construed as the absolute or the relative frequency? $\endgroup$ – einpoklum Apr 3 at 19:33
  • $\begingroup$ They are the shortest (clear) terms that I know. I am a Statistician, but there can be other terms that I don't know. I have seen people use the term "frequency" referring to both absolute and relative frequency and the precise meaning was clear from the context. $\endgroup$ – Gio Apr 3 at 19:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Gio: Ok, so - I guess you could make that an answer which I'll accept. $\endgroup$ – einpoklum Apr 3 at 19:58
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  1. Absolute frequency of the modal value (or mode)
  2. Relative frequency of the modal value (or mode)

They are the shortest (clear) terms that I know. I am a statistician, but there can be other terms that I don't know. I have seen people use the term "frequency" referring to both absolute and relative frequency and the precise meaning was clear from the context.

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