Minkowski mean is a generalization of arithmetic, quadratic and harmonic mean.

Minkowski mean is defined as

**Example: **

When , we have Arithmetic mean

**Example: **

When , we have Harmonic mean

**Example**:

When p=2, we have Quadratic mean

However, we do not have a specific p in Minkowski mean to represent Geometric mean because Geometric mean is obtained through the limit of parameter p approaches 0, indicated by the formula below

Use the interactive program below to compute Harmonic mean of a list of numbers separated by comma. You may change with your own input values. Try to change the parameter p to a small number but not zero such as 0.0000000001 and compare the result with Geometric Mean.

Table below provides the summary of parameter to relate Minkowski generalized mean and other means.

Name |
Parameter p |

Arithmetic Mean |
p = 1 |

Geometric mean |
p approaches 0 (limit) |

Harmonic mean |
p = -1 |

Quadratic mean | p = 2 |

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See also: Lehmer Mean, Minkowski distance, generalized mean

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