“Geometric mean” works with “percentages of the whole” and doesn’t really care about the numbers themselves.

Geometric means are confusing to a lot of ppl (i had to look it up myself to remind myself of what it was) because I don’t think they teach it in school, which is a shame because it’s _actually_ very useful.This is geometric mean from an economic POV which might help clarify for your programmer.http://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/geometricmean.aspHow you can analogize it to the clock graph:”Geometric mean” works with “percentages of the whole” and doesn’t really care about the numbers themselves.In my mind it’s “percentage away from” within a system or, which one is closer relative to another.

It’s a relativistic system rather than an absolute system and like all things relativity, is confusing because relativity+math don’t usually show up together much in school (not much beyond > and < ) – until you get into investing and business and you want to know thing like ROI and such.

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You’re working with a set of [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] arranged in a circle.The 12 + 6 are at opposite sides of each other.So if you find yourself with a 9 or a 3, they are equivalently distant from the 12 and the 6.It is like paper folding.

Yes, I think in this case your description of “how to solve it” works for this situation, although it’s a hack specific to this model because it fixes the set of 1-12 arranged on a clock face.

But yes, it can work as long as someone doesn’t want to use different clocks with different sets of numbers like emoticon

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[and I just realized what *I* said is probably “not quite the right way” to explain it either tongue emoticon I can visualize in my head what you’re trying to do but an explanation *is* rather tricky tongue emoticon ]
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 You’re welcome Scott smile emoticon If I was faced with this problem, I would probably solve it exactly the same way, but include a BIG NOTE in the beginning of the program or documentation warning that THIS DOES NOT SCALE.
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 Yes. Actually, considering the 12/6 are at 180 degrees of each other, and the numbers on the face are equally spaced apart… …you could do max / 2 to get your 1/2 way mark rather than fixing it at 6.
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Yeah. I mean scalability is probably not a real issue: I always think bigger than is necessary. I think the problem your programmer is having is visualizing geometric mean.
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 It took me a few moments for “what is geometric mean?” to “click in” for myself when you mentioned it. I had to look it up and then i was like, OOOOH, that’s right.
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