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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Finding one value from a mean.

7 boys have a mean height of 1.80m. Peter joins the boys and now the mean height is 1.75m. Find Peter's height.
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How long does it take to complete a sticker album?

We are collecing stickers in chocolate bars and whenever we open a bar we get a random new sticker. There are many different stickers and we try to collect them all. We open the first bar and get a ...
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Average proportion for proportions with different denominators

Say I have an experiment in which subjects are asked to respond to some stimulus. Their responses are transcribed and coded, first as "Valid/Invalid", and then for the valid responses, ...
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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": $\alpha=1$ : $X=\sum_i{x_i}$ $\alpha\to\infty$ ...
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Fastest Method to solve this average problem

average of A and B is 71; of B and C is 76; of A and C is 79. How to find the average of A,B,C. I know the way of solving this problem using equations.But it takes time.So wanted to know if any other ...
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Proving correlation coefficient = 1 or -1 given X and Y=a + bX

Given $X$ and $Y = a+bX$, I have to prove that: If $b \lt 0$, then $\rho = -1$. If $b \gt 0$, then $\rho = 1$. I've gotten to the point where I have: $$ \rho = \frac{b \cdot \sigma_x }{ ...
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Working out a percentage of from values

Using the following numbers as an example: 293.21 478.93 485.44 544.78 569.48 593.82 I know how work out the average (mean) value: ...
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Help with my math problem, New Average with a number deleted

A set of consecutive integers were written down: $1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ... x-1, x, x+1, ... n-2, n-1, n$ One number, $x$, is deleted. The arithmetic mean of the remaining numbers is $602/17$. What does ...
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Average value of recurrent function.

Given a function f(x) = a*f(x-1) where a is a number between 0 and 1, what is the average value of ...
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Problem Solving using Algebra

If Peter is $7$ years older than Sharon and John is twice as old as Peter, work out how old Peter is if the average of their ages is $19$. Thanks! :)
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Why 1 / (average of series) $\ne$ average (1 / series)

I have series of two stocks prices. Let's say that stock 1 has prices: $A_1$, $A_2$, $A_3$, $A_4$, ..., $A_i$ (where $i$ is time) And stock 2 has prices: $B_1$, $B_2$, $B_3$, $B_4$, ..., $B_i$ ...
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Average limit superior [duplicate]

Let $\mathcal{l}_\mathbb{R}^\infty$ be the space of bounded sequences in $\mathbb{R}$. We define a map $p: \mathcal{l}_\mathbb{R}^\infty\to\mathbb{R}$ by $$p(\underline x)=\limsup_{n\to\infty} ...
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from weighted average to single values

think about when you're computing a weighted average: you do something like W = sum(amount*weight) / sum(weight) Now I need to find every amount (amount0, amount1.....) starting from knowing the ...
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Constructing an average equation - Standardized Test

A question in the standardized test is: The average of $n$ numbers is $a$. If $x$ is subtracted from each number the average will be a) $(ax)/n\quad$ b) $(an)/x\quad$ c) $an-x\quad$ d) ...
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Calculating the mean from an exponential distribution

could someone please tell me how I can prove/confirm the information on this page? specifically the part about calculating the mean, I have my doubts about the -b. Many thanks
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Simple question regarding ratio and average

I have 2 lists of numbers (with an equal number of numbers in each). Each number is then divided by the number of which it is paired with (by index), and a ratio is received. I then want to calculate ...
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What is the standard error of the mean of an exponential distribution of the form $Ae^{Bx}$ with N measurements?

What is the standard error of the mean of an exponential distribution of the form $Ae^{Bx}$ with $N$ measurements?
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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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Sum of weighted squared distances is minimized by the weighted average?

Let $x_1, \ldots, x_n \in \mathbb{R}^d$ denote $n$ points in $d$-dimensional Euclidean space, and $w_1, \ldots, w_n \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$ any non-negative weights. In some paper I came across the ...
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The Exponential decay.

I am studying semiconductor physics. there is a paragraph about Drude model in E.spenke's book "Electronic semiconductors" page 259 in art §9: "if on the average, a time $τ$ elapses between two ...
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Mean/ Expected Value of $X^4$

$\def\Var{\mathop{\rm Var}}$Can anyone help me prove that Expected Value of $X^4$ is $3\Var(X)^4$, if the Expected Value of $X$ is zero and $\Var(X)$ is the Variance of $X$? Thanks!
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Geometric Mean of an Interval

Is there any way to calculate one? If it't not clear what I mean, here's an example: Starting with an initial value, keep multiplying it by some random amount on the interval [1, 2] at regular ...
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Expected average of number of tiles empty

I have a grid of 3x4 and every tile on the grid has a corresponding chance of being empty. This chance is given. For example, consider the following grid: $$ \frac{14}{15} \frac{1}{3} \frac{8}{13} ...
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Algorithm to separate an array of numbers into “low”, “medium” and “high” ranges

this is my first post on Math-Exchange. I'm a programmer, and I work with object-oriented algorithms, but when things gets too "algebraic" I get stuck. So I thought I'd ask over here. I need to ...
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averaging time it takes to complete a project

Consider a project consisting of four activities A, B, C, and D. a) A and B, the first activities of the project, can be started simultaneously. b) C can be started only after A is completed. c) D can ...
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Finding mean of $n$ consecutive numbers using a shortcut

I am working on the following question: Let us say we have $n$ consecutive numbers labelled $x_1$ to $x_n$. I want to find the average of these. The quickest way to do this seems to be ...
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Merging/averaging percentages

This may be a very simple question, but I'm not even sure what the correct terminology is for the procedure I am trying to do so I wasn't able to find anything else here... The scenario is that I'm ...
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Weighted average vs. weighted mean

Is there a formal difference between weighted average and weighted mean? I get corrected to the latter if I type in the former in wikipedia, and then there is a lot of stuff about the name "average" ...
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Is the average of all $x$ such that $0 \le x \le 1$ $ \forall $ $x \in \mathbb{R}$ equal to $\frac{1}{2}$?

Is the average of all $x$ such that $0 \le x \le 1$ $ \forall $ $x \in \mathbb{R}$ equal to $\frac{1}{2}$ ? It may seem this way but how can we show that indeed it is $\frac{1}{2}$. We know that the ...
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Is the average of the averages equal to the average of all the numbers originally averaged?

I am tempted to say yes because of the following pseudo-proof (I say pseudo-proof because I am not convinced): $$ \frac{\frac{w+x}{2}+\frac{y+z}{2}}{2}=\frac{w+x}{4}+\frac{y+z}{4}=\frac{w+x+y+z}{4} ...
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Bound on deviation between arithmetic and harmonic mean?

It is well known that, if HM denotes the harmonic mean and AM the arithmetic mean, we have $$ AM(x) \ge HM(x) $$ Now I am dealing with the expression $$ \frac{1}{HM(x)} - \frac{1}{AM(x)} $$ 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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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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is this or (when) does this equality hold for weighted power series

$s_n=\sum _{k=0}^n a_k$ for every $n$ and $x\in(0,1)$. Let $p=(p_n)$ is a sequence of nonnegative numbers with $p_0>0$ s.t $P_n= \sum_{k=0}^{n}p_k \rightarrow \infty$ as $n \rightarrow \infty$ ...
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Vote “0-10” dignity.

I have this problem very difficult for me to solve. I have a company and some employees. Each of them expresses an opinion on some apples of varying quality. The vote can be: ...
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The Average Speed of an object

I'm pretty sure this has more to do with fundamental Math than Physics and that is why I'm asking this here rather than Physics.SE Imagine some object travelling along a straight path from point $A$ ...
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Statistics Range from x to y find average

The problem state that: Quantity A: The integer ages of the three children range from 2 to 13, and no two children are the same age. The average of all three children. Quantity B: 10 Compare A and ...
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Estimating $\sum_{k=1}^N a_kb_k$ given the means $\bar a_k,\bar b_k$ and determining the error

I need to calculate the following expression: $$\sum_{k=1}^N a_k b_k$$ I know the average values of $a_k$ , defined as $\overline {a_k} = {\sum_{k=1}^N a_k \over N } $ and $b_k$ , defined as ...
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For N-day moving average, how is N parameter called?

I'm looking for a good name for the variable. Average window length? Sounds like a term for a glass cutter.
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Expected value of a multivariate distribution

Given this random vector: $$ \mathbf{x} = \begin{bmatrix} x_1 \\ x_2 \end{bmatrix} $$ And this probability distribution function that takes it as argument: $$ f_\mathbf{X}(\mathbf{x}) = ...
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Calculating new vector positions

I'm using the following formula to calculate the new vector positions for each point selected, I loop through each point selected and get the $(X_i,Y_i,Z_i)$ values, I also get the center values of ...
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Calculate vector position

I'm trying to calculate & move vertices to their average "radius" and form a circle from these new positions. Example: I have 8 vertices selected, I have a little script in Maya that will iterate ...
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Intuition calculating average price change

Given two products p1 and p2, each with a price per single unit and an amount per year. The question is to calculate the average change in price for both products combined. ...
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Calculating expected value

Here is the problem. In a game(shown below) with the marker in the center on each turn the marker moves to a neighbouring region with all positions equally likely and the player collects the cash ...
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How can I find the average y value of a function on a given domain?

Lets say that $f(x) = (10 - x)\ln x$. Over the domain: $1 ≤ x ≤ 10$. How can I find the average value of $y$ over this domain and what is that value?
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Derivative of a 'weighted average' of decreasing fractions

I'm having some trouble showing the following statement (which intuitively seems to hold): Suppose I have a series of fractions indexed by $i$ , each of them a function of $N:f_{i}\left( N\right) ...
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Minimum Numbers to find the given average.

Average score of the player (sum of scores in all the games / no. of games) is given. How Can we find the minimum number of games the player should have played to achieve that average. scores are non ...
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Maximum Profit at which combination

A dealer deals only in colour TVs and VCRs . He wants to spend up to Rs.12 lakhs to buy 100 pieces. He can purchase colour TV at Rs. 10,000 and a VCR at Rs. 15,000. He can sell a colour TV at Rs. ...
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Error Metric which incorporates both mean & standard deviation of data in euclidean space

For simplicities sake (the actually problem is more complex)...Let say I have a set of n 3d points, whose position move over time. For all pairs, I have calculated the mean and standard deviation of ...
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Determining the error from a list of individual errors

I have a list of values each with a corresponding error. I can determine the average/mean of the list, but I'm not sure how to best calculate the error over the entire population. e.g. ...