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Historical Background
The concept of percentiles has been a fundamental statistical tool since the 19th century. It originated to provide a method for interpreting data points relative to a dataset. The application of percentiles has grown over time, finding its place in fields such as education, finance, and health.
Calculation Formula
The percentile value is determined using the following formula:
\[ P_k = L + \left( \frac{N \times k}{100}  F \right) \times (M  L) \]
Where:
 \( P_k \) is the \( k^{th} \) percentile value.
 \( L \) and \( M \) are the lower and upper bounds of the percentile, respectively.
 \( N \) is the total number of observations.
 \( k \) is the desired percentile (between 0 and 100).
 \( F \) is the cumulative frequency of the lower bound.
Example Calculation
Consider a dataset: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and the 50th percentile is required.
 Sort the dataset: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50
 \( N = 5 \), \( k = 50 \)
 Index = \( \frac{5 \times 50}{100}  1 = 1.5 \)
 the 50th percentile value is 25.
Importance and Usage Scenarios
Percentiles are crucial for:
 Comparative Analysis: Understanding how a particular value compares against a dataset.
 Risk Assessment: In finance, percentiles are used for risk management.
 Educational Assessments: Grading and standardized test scoring.
 Health Indices: Body mass index (BMI) percentiles in pediatrics.
Common FAQs

What does the 50th percentile mean?
 It's the median of the dataset, where half the data lies below and half above it.

Can percentiles handle large datasets?
 Yes, they are scalable and effective for datasets of any size.

Are percentiles always accurate?
 They provide a relative standing but may not always convey distribution nuances, especially in skewed datasets.