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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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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Variant of the modal average

I know that there are variants of the arithmetic mean and the median that are applicable to three dimensional data (centroid and medoid), but have not been able to find such a thing for the modal ...
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How are Tr(AB) results restricted?

In quantum mechanics one postulates that for each state $i$ there is a matrix $A_i$ and for each measureable dynamical variable $j$ (velocity etc.) there is a matrix $B_j$. Both are Hermitian matrices ...
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Prove that if 2000 m is run in 4:50, then one mile is run under 4:00

Prove that if 2000 m is run in 4:50, then one continuous mile is run under 4:00. I was thinking -- yeah, this follows easily from the other question, where I asked that if 2 miles are run in ...
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Prove that if two miles are run in 7:59 then one mile MUST be run under 4:00.

I'm in an argument with someone who claims that a two mile in 7:59 does not imply that one mile (at some point within the two miles) was covered in under 4:00. This is obviously wrong, but I'm not ...
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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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Incremental averageing

Is there a way to incrementally calculate (or estimate) the average of a vector (a set of numbers) without knowing their count in advance? For example you have ...
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Regular average calculated accumulatively

is it possible to calculate the regular average of a sequence of numbers when i dont know everything of the sequence, but just everytime i get a new number i know the total count of numbers and the ...
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Weighted mean properties when using angles

Consider a joint angle $j$, such that $-180^{\circ} \lt j \lt 180^{\circ}$, with the true value unknown. Given two estimates of $j$, I wish to combine them using a normalised weighted mean, such that ...
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Sum of averages vs average of sums

I have essentially a table of numbers -- a time series of measurements. Each row in the table has 5 values for the 5 different categories, and a sum row for the total of all categories. If I take ...
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Average percent increase not equal to total percent increase?

I tried searching around for this but it was difficult to boil down the search terms. Plus nothing seemed to be showing up anyway. What's an easy way to show that the average percentage increase of n ...
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How can I compare two averages of imperfect measurements, with their std. deviations?

I have a process by which I measure the times it take to do something, (run some code), and this time varies, a lot. I'm trying to optimize this code, making small changes that sometimes have small ...
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Calculate average time

I have a huge list of times and would like to calculate an average or typical time. If I would just use the median (or other "normal" types of calculating an average), for example 23:59 and 00:01 ...
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Why is an average of an average usually incorrect?

Can someone explain why taking an average of an average usually results in a wrong answer? Is there ever a case where the average of the average can be used correctly? As an example, let's say ...
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Calculating Average…

I know its simple problem, but i want to know if it can be solved some other way around.Here goes the problem. Input: 234 , 54678 , 34987 Problem is to calculate how many of the numbers(by number i ...
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Probability cut-off

Is there a probability cut-off point? e.g. if the probability of something keeps halving do you stop at a certain point and say the rest of the possibilities are negligible? What do you do then? ...
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Course Grade - Statistics Question

I'm confused about finding the standard deviation of various weighted objects in a problem. For example, consider an academic setting, with four assessments as follows: ...
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Effect of removal of numbers while calculating average

My question is , lets say we have the numbers 1,2,3,.....,n numbers . 2 consecutive numbers are removed. The avg of the numbers after the removal of numbers be m let the numbers removed be k,k+1 ...
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Applying fuzzy logic to determine the degree to which a project is complete

I have a Project made up of tasks. Each task has an estimated completion percentage. I realise I could treat each tasks completion percentage as a representation of the degree of membership to the ...
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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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Average of multiple vectors

I have more than two vectors (these are 2D vectors) and I want to calculate the mean vector. What is the correct way to do it? All my vectors share their origins at (0,0).
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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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How to get the average of $a$, $b$ when all you know is the average of $a,b,c$ and the value of $c$?

I need to figure out some averages for some javascript I'm writing. The data I have is: I know the average of $a$, $b$ and $c$. I know the value of $c$. I do not know the values of $a$ and $b$. ...
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Taking the time average of the product of two waves

How might one go about calculating the time average of the product of two identical waves with different phases? For example, what would be the time average of: $$ \cos(k x-w t) \cdot \cos(kx-wt+a) ...
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Average over angles

I feel quite dumb for asking this, but it's getting a bit frustrating. I have a function which depends on $\theta$ and $\phi$ in spherical coordinates: $$ f(\theta, \phi) = \sin^2 \theta ...
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Getting Average

How excatly do I calculate the average? Can somebody explain step by step process of how to get an average? If I have an array of numbers (5, 3, 4, 3, 1) and so on. And I need to get the average of ...
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Charting Histogram Averages and Standard Deviation

Pretty basic question I'm sure: I have a 100 histograms, they are all created from randomly sampling the same data 100 times. Now, I want to show the 'average histogram' with markers at +1 standard ...
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5 star ratings. Bayesian or Weighted average?

I am building a website which has 5 star ratings to rate items. These ratings unlike the normal ones are of unequal weights. i.e. ...
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Can weighted average be used to calculate percentage increase? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is this a weighted average/percentage problem? Let's say a Marketing company has a total turnover of 10000 \$ There are 3 salesmen A,B,C with the following turnovers: ...
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Is this a weighted average/percentage problem?

Let's say a Marketing company has a total turnover of 10000 \$ There are 3 salesmen A,B,C with the following turnovers A = 2000 $ B = 3000 $ C = 5000 $ Now, ...
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Use calculus to calculate the slope of a moving average line

I recently read a paper where it was stated that calculus was used to calculate the slope of a moving average line at a given point. Given that there is no real formula to differentiate with a moving ...
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Calculate average latitude / longitude

I have the array of geographical coordinates (latitude & longitude). What is the best way to calculate average latitude and longitude? Thanks!
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Definition of random

Suppose that you has to guess given a set of numbers If they are random. The mathematical expectation Is there a definition of randomness that allow this prove/test? Is even possible? if so: How ...
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If $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n y_k\geq n$ and $\sum\limits_{k=1}^n \frac{1}{y_k}\geq n$, then $\prod\limits_{k=1}^n y_k\geq 1$?

Let $y_1,\ldots y_n$ be positive real numbers satisfying $y_1+\cdots+y_n\geq n$ and $\displaystyle{\frac{1}{y_1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{y_n}\geq n}$. Is it true that $y_1y_2\cdots y_n\geq 1$?
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Calculate average wind direction

What is the best way to average wind direction? I have found many conflicting suggestions elsewhere. Best one I saw is to average SINs of all angles in radians and take inverse SIN of the result. ...
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Is there a way to get an average that weights each item inversely based on distance from the mean?

I'm not sure how to phrase this, or even if such a thing exists. Sorry! I have a bunch of data points, which are mostly pretty tight. Each group should hone in on a specific point in space. ...
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How can I calculate “most popular” more accurately?

I'm developing a website at the moment. The website allows users to "rate" a post from 0 to 5. Posts can then be displayed in order of popularity. At the moment, my method of calculation is pretty ...
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How do I average out to a particular number if I have to add another number to get that average?

So, lets say, that you have the following numbers (4, 15, 3, 22) and you have to add the fifth number (which I would call X) and they must average out to say 20. What do you have to do? I figured ...
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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 ...
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APR Calculation

I'm hoping someone can clarify this for me. The model/example is this: We lend an amount of 1498.50 (loan amount). Other fees total 39.95. The term of the loan is for 12 months. There is no ...
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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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Power Mean Random Distribution

I'm trying to find a the distribution for the power mean of $n$ random variables on $[0,1]$. I've got the arithmetic mean: $\frac{n}{(n-1)!}\sum_{k=0}^{\lfloor ...
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Balancing merges of timed event

I'm making a game that can fuse few guns to create an equal gun and I need to compute the fused properties. First off I thought this was easy - I just took the inverse of the sum of the inverses of ...
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How do I calculate weighted mean with negative weights?

This might be very trivial for you guys. If : I buy 2 oranges for 5 dollars each then I buy 3 oranges for 6 dollars each and then I sell 3 oranges for 4 dollars each How do I calculate the average ...
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leading and lagging moving average indicator

What are leading short and lagging long moving average indicators and how do we calculate them? e.g. for the following data set, and let window size be 2. Can you ...
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I'm having trouble calculating ratings

I'm not a wiz at math and this problem has me a little stumped. I need the average score out of 5 but it's a little different how I do it. I have 5 fields, field one is rating one, field two is ...
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How can I show this in a summation?

I am trying to work out a summation for packet delays which is very similar to the summation for estimating RTT, which is an exponentially weighted moving average. I have modified the estimating RTT ...
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Basic question about natural density

Suppose that we have a sequence of finite sets $A_1, A_2, \ldots$, which partition $\mathbb{N}$. I am making no other assumptions on the $A_n$ - i.e. there could be any amount of interleaving between ...
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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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Find the average of a collection of points (in 2D space)

I'm a bit rusty on my math, so please forgive me if my terminology is wrong or I'm overlooking extending a simple formula to solve the problem. I have a collection of points in 2D space (x, y ...