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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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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Mean of a vector

Be a set of numbers $v=(a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n)$ I want to form the following average vector $\mu = (\frac{\sum a_i}{n}, \frac{\sum a_i}{n}, \ldots, \frac{\sum a_i}{n})$. If I do it iteratively step ...
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statistics z score

I'm curious what the phrase "on average" means. Here is an example: On average, 30% were further than ___ kilometers away when they had their accident. Is $30\%$ a $z$-score or is it a mean? ...
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Sum and sum of average not matching

I'm struggling with the following problem. I have a table showing the % of a population that like (say) bananas in three locations, the population of each location, and the total population who like ...
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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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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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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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Way to aggregated percentiles

I want to have information of http response times. The average, 95 and 99 percentil. All the response times are collected in each web server, and every second is sent back to a central server that ...
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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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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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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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Why average until $n-1 \times n \simeq \sum^{n-1} + avg_{n-1}$?

I'm newbie in math and I want to understand it: let $A = \{a_1,...,a_n\}$ why $$(\frac{1}{n-1}\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}a_i)n \simeq (\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}a_i)+ (\frac{1}{n-1}\sum_{i=1}^{n-1}a_i)$$ Exists any ...
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Probability of a normal random variable added to a number being greater than another normal random variable, and distribution of average

$X$= random height of a male $Y$= random height of a female $X$ and $Y$ are independent of each other For $x$, $\mu=180\text{ cm}$ and $\sigma^2= 16\text{ cm}^2$ For $y$, $\mu=170\text{ cm}$ and ...
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Percentages not adding up

I have a series of percentages: 132/220 (60%) and 88/220 (40%). Now when I break them down into subcategories and then recalculate the percentages them come out 5% different. 81/140 (58%) and ...
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Find the average test score for each of three groups, given overall averages

I've been working on this question for the last hour and cannot determine a solution. Q: 100 children, 200 teens and 300 adults write a test and an average is computed for all three groups. The ...
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Where should I use median instead of average?

Is there a general law, or rule of thumb, or rationale, when to use median and when average? Although I know the difference and how they are computed, when I try to translate to simple English I ...
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fast solve average

there are Indians and Europeans in an army of 12,000. the average height of Europeans is5'10" and that of Indians is 5'9" and the average height of entire army is 5'9,3/4. find out the number of ...
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Does missing a number from a set affect the average?

Firstly, apologies for an uninteresting title, and whether this is absolutely newbie maths. I'm a programmer, and when it comes to maths and me - the wheel is going, but the hamster is dead. On To ...
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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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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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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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find new average if removing one element from current average

Ok, so say that I have a current rating average: 3.3/5 Now I want to say to remove a rating of 4. How do I find the new average? Or is this even possible?
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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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Weighted Average of Percentage Increases

I believe I have quite a simple problem, but want clarification on whether it is the best method to use. Say I have have insurance line, and the net income (£) from this business for 2011, 2012, 2013 ...
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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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How do I find the average of a section of a curve?

I've done some research already and discovered that the formula I need to do this is $$\frac{1}{b-a}\int_a^b f(x)\;dx$$ With $a$ and $b$ being the start and end points of the section of curve I want ...
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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. ...
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changing values ​​in a distribution without changing the average

I have a set of positive values and I need to increase or decrease this set by adding or reducing number of values. But I would like the mean of values is not altered much. Example: I have this array ...
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math distribution of averages and distribution of standard deviation for comparison of bytes

Let me change my question: I have a sequence of 512 numbers (these 512 numbers can have a value between 0 and 255) (in computer mode these numbers can be between 00000000 and 11111111 (bits)). For ...