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The sum of several numbers divided by their count nicely summarizes the overall size of the numbers involved in a single value.

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Average distance from center to random point in rectangle

I need to find average squared distance from center in rectangle. One edge is 2, other one is 1. On my understanding I need to find $$E[X^2+Y^2]$$ So I got ...
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Volume of a Part of a Triangular Prism Enclosed in a Sphere

I'm having trouble finding the volume of the shaded prism. I know how to calculate the volume by extending the height of this prism to create a triangular based pyramid, but I cannot get the same ...
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Calculating Average Time based on Success Probability

Interns of company XYZ has to pass 2 training programs in sequence. So Program 2 can only be taken after an intern has done Program 1. Each program has a success rate of 40% and each program takes 3 ...
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Average unused capacity of three capacity units

Let's say that there are 3 capacity units that have the following maximal capacities: ...
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How to calculate new mean if population is unknown?

I have three values Mean (population mean, not from sample) $\bar{x} = 3$ Number of elements in population (number of values in original set) $n = 15$ A new value $x_{(n+1)} = 7$ What is ...
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Likelihood across multiple averages… Sorta

Hopefully my title isn't misleading... i'm not sure what this math problem is called, making searching for the answer quite difficult. Maybe someone can tag this question appropriately if you know the ...
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Is there a formula for finding the series of numbers based on an average.

So I am working on a program that does a scrolling effect. the image is 1200pixels wide, and each time it scrolls, it should move an average of 2.67 pixels. However I am using a function that does not ...
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Calculate a Ranking Average

I got stuck to find a fair formula to calculate the average ranking of the itens that I found after consecutive searches, look: If I calculate the simple average of the item2 for example I get 1,33 ...
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Average minimum distance

Let $\mathbf{u} =\begin{bmatrix}u_1 & u_2 & \dots & u_N \end{bmatrix}^T$ and $\mathbf{v} = \begin{bmatrix} v_1 & v_2 & \dots & v_N\end{bmatrix}^T$. All the elements of ...
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How to find the average value of $y = e^x$ between $x = e$ and $x = 2e$? [closed]

What approach would be ideal in finding the average value of $y = e^x$ between $x = e$ and $x = 2e$?
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Calculating mean (Average) of vector

I'm trying to calculate PCA (Principle component analysis) and part of the equation is to calculate the mean of a vector $v$ and subtract each element of $v$ by it's mean. However, is this in column ...
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Which average to use with range

Say I wanted to calculate how much rain in terms of volume falls on the Earth each day or hour, etc. In order to do so I'd first need to know how much water is in a single raindrop. I know that and it ...
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Zonal averaging of partial derivatives

Given a quantity $Q(x,y,t)$, the zonal average operator $[Q] = \frac{1}{2\pi}\int_0^{2\pi} Q\:\mathrm{d} \lambda$, and zonal anomaly $Q^\star$ such that $Q = [Q] + Q^\star$, my text book says that ...
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Find spikes in data

I have some datasets and I need to find spikes in them. Imagine the data looks like trading data. If the spike is big enough, I need to log it, otherwise, proceed in the analysis. I tried with a ...
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Calculating the average of multiples and divisions

Imagine a number line that contains every value that is greater then (but not inclusive of) 0. The center of the line is 1. On the right side of the center(1), obviously, are all the whole and ...
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What statistical equation am I looking for?

Suppose you have two data sets: Dataset A: 4,2,6,5,3,3,5,4,4 Dataset B: 8,0,0,8,9,1,1,9,0 Both data sets have a mean of 4, but dataset A's values center much more around the mean whereas dataset ...
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Why must average only be used with normal distribution?

In a technical job interview I was asked a question that I couldn't quite make sense of. The interviewer was talking about sampling a sound file to make a visual effect (such as a graph that moved to ...
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A Basic Math Question on Averages

Okay this is going to sound really stupid but I'll ask anyway... I need to get a $5.5$ accumulative GPA (the highest is a $7.0$). For the last $16$ classes I've done my GPA is sitting at $5.44$. I'm ...
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Running a Cumulative Average

I'd like to run a cumulative average and I'm wondering if my process is sound. Here's a small dataset: Row 1: $\frac{2\cdot 60}{58} = 2.07$ Row 2: $\frac{4\cdot 45}{44} = 4.09$, ...
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How to prove the integral function with cosine is increasing

Prove that the following function is an increasing function on $x\in (0,1)$ when $n\ge2$. $f(x) = \int_0^{\pi} \frac{1}{(1-2x\cos\theta+x^2)^n} d\theta$
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Fast way to recalculate average and standard deviation as new values arrive

Say I have a stream of values arriving all the time, and I want to get the average and standard deviation of only the last $n$ values. If I already have the average $V$ for values $v_1, ..., v_n$, ...
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weighted average with exponential weighting

I want to create weighted average, where weights depend on value of number. If I want exponential weights is this regular? $average = \log_e(\frac{\sum_{i=1}^n e^{v_i}}{n})$ Isn't it just average of ...
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What kind of a mean value is this?

I wasn't that sure what kind of mean value the following is, I hope you can help me out: What it's about: I have this testseries of about 30 elements, that delay the boot sequence of an embedded ...
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Count if there are more smaller or larger number in a result made of multiple Xs?

Firstly, I am not a math pro or something. So far I was able to use math for my needs, but now I am at my wits' ends. Here is the deal. These things are known to me: ...
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Five members of a wrestling team are weighed and …

An average weight is calculated after each player is weighed. Of the average weight increases by 2 pounds after each player is weighed, how much is the last player than the first? My answer is 8 ...
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Average value of a piecewise defined function

Consider the function $f$ defined by $$ f(x) = \begin{cases} x, & 0 \leq x < 1 \\ x^2, & 1 \leq x < 2 \\ \vdots \\ x^n, & n-1 \leq x < n. \end{cases} $$ I'm trying to compute ...
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Finding possible numbers to yield a certain arithmetic mean (average)

I'd like to know how I could find the possible numbers to yield a certain average number (arithmetic mean), given that: the arithmetic mean will be calculated from 20 integer numbers, each having a ...
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Derivation of Running(Online) Variance's formula

I need to know the dimostration of Running Variance's formula: $$ \sigma_n^2 =\frac{(n-1)\sigma_{n-1}^{2}+(x_n-\overline{x}_{n-1})\cdot(x_n-\overline{x}_{n})}{n} $$
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Are the $L^p$ norms ordered by $p$?

A question left over from this post is: Are the $L^p$ norms ordered by $p$ like the power means are?
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Catastrophic Cancellation

I need some informations about algorithms to solve the problem of Catastrophic Cancellation, or in general to calculate mean and variance of a data stream. For example about Donald Knuth's algorithm ...
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Averages of sets adding to a constant

... Wow, I really need to learn how to make titles that make sense... I have a group of users each submitting a set of numbers. This set of numbers always totals $S$. The overall set looks something ...
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Intuition on why the average minimizes the euclidean distance

I saw that there was a question with a very similar (if not identical) flavour to my question, but the answer was derived from derivative, the method that I already knew solved this problem. I feel ...
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Maximum and minimum of weighted sum

For $w_i\ge 0$ and some constants $\alpha_i , i=1,...,n$, what is the maximum and minimum of $\sum_{i=1}^{n}\alpha_i w_i$ subjected to $\sum_{i=1}^{n}w_i=1$? Intuitively, I put all weight on the ...
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Average number of people required to find a pair with same birthday

I have to find the expected number of people required to find a pair with same birthday. This is what I tried: Assume that there are $M$ possible birthdays, then following the definition for expected ...
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How to compute the mean average exponent of the naturals? What is the limit for large numbers?

With a friend I was trying to get an understanding for why the expected gap between primes is logarithmic. With that motivation I tried to express the average exponent of numbers. By average ...
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Is there a scientific way to assign weights to historical data?

This is a common question I usually face while processing historical data. I have year on year data of an event for the past N years.I would like to assign weights to the data of these N years so that ...
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Average percentage formula

I have something like: Price Quantity Tax (%) 2.2 34 8 1.3 29 7 And so on... After that I get something like: ...
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Have averages, need variance

I have a large spreadsheet, generated by a colleague, that contains the results of $E$ experiments. For each experiment, he calculated the average of $M$ measurements. I need the calculate the ...
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Get N values between 0 and 1 AND control spacing of results.

So I need to get N number of values between 0 and 1. The values should be evenly spaced. Thats easy... However, I also want another variable X that will shift the resulting values closer to 0 or 1. ...
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Most accurate mean for grouped/ranged data

I've got data in a range and frequency format e.g 0-5 : 3, 6-10 : 70 etc up to 31-35. How do I get the most accurate mean for such data?
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Getting the average of a serie of values

I am trying to smooth out a serie of values that represents tempo values, depicted in blue. The data comes from a tempo detection algorithm that as you might have guessed is not the best in town, the ...
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Averages in series

I have a series of numbers: $1,2,3$ I'm calculating a simple average between, them $(2)$. Now, I'm deleting the series and have no information regarding how many elements there were in the series or ...
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Proper Weighted Average

If I have a 3x3 matrix of information where the row totals describe the total goods produced by a particular company and the column totals provide the total for a particular type of good for all ...
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CAGR, log of negative numbers

I am trying to calculate the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of a number of companies using the Geometric mean of the annual growth of their EPS. Some of the EPS values are negative(loss making) ...
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Average of the smaller of three random numbers from $0$ to $1$

A friend of mine claims he saw the following question on a math puzzle site:- What is the average of the smaller of three random numbers from $0$ to $1$? And they've given these options:- $A) ...
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Simple integral related to average value of a function

Prove that $\displaystyle \int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \sin^2 x\ dx = \int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \cos^2 x\ dx$ by making the change of variable $x = \frac{1}{2}\pi - t$ in one of the integrals. This problem ...
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Rate of appearance of digits 7 and 8 in a given sequence

This is from Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics: let us consider the sequence $$ 1,\ 2,\ 4,\ 8,\ 1,\ 3,\ 6,\ 1,\ 2,\ 5,\ 1,\ 2\ \ldots $$ which consists of the first digits of the ...
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Properties of weighted average ratio of weights

Suppose we have two sets of weights $w_i$ and $u_i$; i.e., $\sum w_i =\sum u_i = 1$, and $0 \le w_i \le 1$, $0 \le u_i \le 1$. Consider the weighted average ratio R of these weights: $R \equiv \sum ...
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3 trams are coming every 10, 15 and 15 minutes. On average, how long do I have to wait for any tram to come?

3 trams are coming to the stop every 10, 15 and 15 minutes. On average, how long do I have to wait for any tram to come? It's a practical problem, not some kind of a riddle for which I have a ...
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What is the name of this “generalized sum”?

I'm looking for the name of this quite basic function: $X=\sqrt[\alpha]{\sum_i{x_i^\alpha}}$ ($\alpha\in\mathbb R$) It's a kind of "generalized sum": $\alpha=1$ : $X=\sum_i{x_i}$ $\alpha\to\infty$ ...