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The geometric mean is the nth root of the product of the scores. Thus, the geometric mean of the scores: 1, 2, 3, and 10 is the fourth root of 1 x 2 x 3 x 10 which is the fourth root of 60 which equals 2.78. The formula can be written as:

Geometric mean =geometric mean formula

where ΠX means to take the product of all the values of X. The geometric mean can also be computed by:
  1. taking the logarithm of each number
  2. computing the arithmetic mean of the logarithms
  3. raising the base used to take the logarithms to the arithmetic mean.
The next page shows an example of this method using natural logarithms. next previous