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In Probability and Statistics, the standard deviation of a statistical population or data set is a measure of how much variation or dispersion exists from its average value. It is defined as the square root of the variance.

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### Standard distribution formulae trick

I am trying to understand the following question. The height of adult males is normally distributed with a mean of 172cm and standard deviation of 8cm. If 99% of adult males exceed a certain height, ...
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### Bootstrap method failing where blocking works

I'm computing an average of individual samples that are not entirely independent and need an estimate for the true standard deviation. According to Newman and Barkema's book the most reliable method ...
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### Finding the Correct Sample Size N to calculate the $SEM$ in a Relative A/B Test with $X \sim B(p_1,n_1)$ and $Y \sim B(p_2,n_2)$

I asked a similar question on Cross Validated but since I'm more interested on the theory behind choosing the right $N$, I decided to also post it here. For the test, I randomly assign users to two ...
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### Deal with circular standard deviation

I have a sensor that gives me a direction of the target in degrees with a certain standard deviation and I use a circular probability density function (PDF) to represent probable locations for the ...
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### Standard deviation of a normal distribution with arbitrary points

Good day! Im currently dealing with the formula in determining the expected number of real roots of random algebraic polynomial,,, and I want to solve for the formula of the standard deviation. I have ...
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### A Gaussian Divided by a Gaussian Equal to A Gaussian Divided by a Constant

I have a neural-network model in which each neuron is associated with an angle $\theta$. Firing rate as a function of $\theta$ is either a Gaussian or a constant. The claim has been made using this ...
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### Why do RMS and Standard Deviations sum squares?

I've seen some references to this - or a few examples of it, but for some reason it's not clicking. Can anyone give me a good layman's explanation of why calculations such as RMS values and Standard ...
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### What is Bootstrapping in statistics? How can I use it to determine error in the mean, variance, kurtosis and skewness of a data set?

From what I understood from searching randomly is that it has something to do with resampling. What does this resampling mean? Is it selecting random data from a distribution or is it getting data ...
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### finding min and max after removing percentage of num values knowing the standard deviation.

I have a question i have some data and i know it's (number of values, min, max, mean and standard deviation) can I know the minimum after removing x% of the total number of values and the maximum ...
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### Trouble understanding when to use ANOVA to analyse variances?

I'm having trouble knowing when to use the ANOVA method for analysing variances. For example this question: $1.$ In an investigation of the effect of large amounts of lime on marigolds, the numbers ...
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### Standard deviation of the mean of sample data

I can't quite understand what this formula means: $$\sigma_{\overline{x}}=\frac{\sigma}{\sqrt n}$$ I know what standard deviation $\sigma$ is - it's the average distance of my data points (samples) ...
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### Standard Deviation: Population versus Sample (specific example)

So, I'm trying to use a t-test to test a hypothesis regarding information: My students were given a question in which they chose either $1, 2, 3, 4$, or $5$ to determine how much they enjoyed my ...
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### Calculating uncertainty in standard deviation

I have a distribution with literally an infinite number of potential data points. I need the standard deviation. I generate about a hundred points and take the standard deviation of the points. ...
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### Lower std.deviation of a distribution?

How would one lower the std.dev => $\sigma$ for an arbitrary distribution? The reason why I ask, is because I have a distribution which tend to get far above my threshold value, and i am running out ...
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### Calculate mean and std.dev from a lot of coordinates

How do i calculate the mean coordinate and the standard deviation of a cloud of (x,y) coordinates. I know how to calculate the mean, but i am struggling with calculating the std. deviation.
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### Probability mean,variance and standard deviation formula confusion.

I have a confusion in the formula attached. Why and how are the two formulas equivalent ? sigma in the image is the standard deviation of a distribution...
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### Width of Gaussian distribution from N trials of coin tossing

What is the width of the Gaussian distribution that is generated from performing $N$ trials of coin tossing? Example: In a trial of 1000 tosses of a coin, $P(H)=0.5$ and $P'(H)=0.5$, where $H$ refers ...
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### Chebyshev's inequality for 1 standard deviation results in 0?

In applying Chebyshev's inequality to a probability distribution, the following is the given equation: $$p(\mu - c*\sigma \le X \le \mu + c*\sigma) \ge 1 - \frac{1}{c^2}$$ This indicates for any ...
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### Method for determining the average deviation of data values over time?

I've recorded my weight every day since 1 January 2012 and plotted the data in an Excel spreadsheet. For convenience, I've set the minimum and maximum values on the y-axis to the weights that ...
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### Comparing two populations

I have sampled from two separate populations, and I want to figure out which population is better. Population 1 has an average score of 84.1 and a standard deviation of 11.8. Population 2 has an ...
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### Finding the probability of loss from standard deviation in normal distribution

I am unsure how to approach the following question. The returns from a project are normally distributed with a mean of \$220,000 and a standard deviation of \$160,000. If the project loses more than \...
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### geometric standard deviation

The geometric mean is like the arithmetic mean on a log scale. with the arithmetic mean it is often useful to find the standard deviation. Can the same sort of thing be done to create a geometric ...
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### Calculate Sample standard deviation and MAD

I need to solve this problem for an arbitrary N. I'm not exactly sure how to go about this. I have formulas to calculate both standard deviation and MAD, however I'm not sure what to do with the hint ...
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### Standard Deviation. Why do we take the square root of the entire equation?

Please forgive my lack of maths knowledge, It is my understanding that: Standard Deviation is the average distance from the mean in a data set of numbers. Therefore it stands to reason that working ...
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### Coffee sales - stats question relating to p-value and test statistics.

I need help mainly with part c of question 11. My work is below. Answer from the back of the book:
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### Sample standard deviation and population standard deviation

The average temperature of a particular tropical island is normally distributed with a mean of 74 degrees and a variance of 9 degrees (a) If a random sample of 16 days has been taken, what is the ...
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### Statistics: How to compute the probability density distribution of (µ1 / µ2) knowing only µ1, µ2, and standard deviations σ1 and σ2?

Given two means µ1 and µ2, and two respective standard deviations σ1 and σ2 (not variances or standard errors), how can I compute the probability density distribution of µ1/µ2? In my application, µ1 ...
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### Combining standard deviations

We have two groups measuring the same resistors, the nominal value is unknown. Group 1 is slower and because of that they did not calcute the s1 empirical standard deviation. Group 1: N1=500 , R1=...