Median percent change

A typical summary statistic for temporal trends is the average percent change (APC). The APC is estimated by using a generalized linear model, usually under the assumption of linearity on the logarithmic scale. A serious limitation of least-squares type estimators is their sensitivity to outliers. We propose a robust and easy-to-compute measure of the temporal trend based on the median of the rates (median percent change – MPC), rather than their mean, under the hypothesis of constant relative change.