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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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Why does variance divide by $n-1$? [duplicate]

The variance is: $$\dfrac{\sum_{i=1}^{n}(x_i-\bar x)^2}{n-1}$$ I read that $n-1$ is used instead of just $n$ when we are measuring the variance of a sample taken from a bigger population. I don't ...
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Why is variance squared?

The mean absolute deviation is: $$\dfrac{\sum_{i=1}^{n}|x_i-\bar x|}{n}$$ The variance is: $$\dfrac{\sum_{i=1}^{n}(x_i-\bar x)^2}{n-1}$$ So the mean deviation and the variance are ...
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question about Mean absolute deviation formula

$$\frac{\sum_{i=1}^{n}(x_i-\bar x)}{n}$$ This method will not work for calculating the mean deviation. Instead we have: $$\frac{\sum_{i=1}^{n}|x_i-\bar x|}{n}.$$ I'm not quite understanding why ...
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Standard Deviation ( Sort of ) Problem

I have a bunch of particles spread over a 2D area. I plan to fit a a distribution to describe the spread. To start off : I have about 100 particles arranged in a circular pattern in a "unit" ...
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Model selection: geometric mean of the standard deviation.

I have two models that represent a physical process. To determine which model is the best, I make some experiments and compare measured data with data predicted by each of the models. The model with ...
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Where are they getting this number from?

Here's the question that I'm having a problem with: ...
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Probability and proportion from standard deviation and mean [duplicate]

I do not know how to start this problem-help needed-kindly help me The lifetimes of a colour TV picture tube is normally distributed, with a mean of 8 yrs and a standard deviation of 2 years. ...
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Evaluating Data

I have a set of data that I need to evaluate. The data came from 15 people we asked to evaluate several project proposals using 6 different criteria. For each weighted criteria, they selected 1 of 4 ...
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Any way to simplify this expression?

So I have a vector of asset allocation weights given by $x \in R^4$ and a covariance matrix of the asset returns $\Sigma \in R^{4,4}$. I know by the spectral theorem, $\Sigma = V DV^{-1}$ and the ...
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Using Least Squares method to determine unknown variables

Hey guys my next test is coming up and my professor gave us a study guide that we "should" be able to compete. Here is one of the questions I don't know how to attack: I dont just want an answer. I ...
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Determine the distribution underlying several given scores and their percentiles

I am trying to build a FICO score calculator that estimates one's FICO score given one's percentile from another credit report. FICO score data is kept fairly secret, but the following information is ...
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Standard Deviation Question

My working out: Median = mean = 60 Q3 = 25% of values at 75 25% = 0.25 = z-score of 0.68 Sx = (75-60)/0.68 = 22.3881 approx = 20... I said D The correct answer is B. 10
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Weighted mean from a set of average and standard deviation pairs

I'm trying to replicate some math a professor did related to Twitter sentiment analysis. Basically, there is a sentiment dictionary, called ANEW, that contains a mean and standard deviation for 3 ...
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Standard Deviation for Normally Distributed Bell Curve - Worded Problem

My working out: Z = (14-9.5)/2.25 = 2 % less than 2 = 95% Answer is 97.5 % .... no idea...
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Is Standard Deviation the same as Entropy?

We know that standard deviation (SD) represents the level of dispersion of a distribution. Thus a distribution with only one value (e.g., 1,1,1,1) has SD equals to zero. Similarly, such a distribution ...
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Summing up Standard Deviations - best approximation

For a long data series the overall Standard Deviation shall be collected. However, due to memory constraints the data has to be aggregated per day - in a way that only one number is stored per day (...
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Given Standard Deviation and Population size, how can I calculate the number of population at mean

As per the title, I'd like to calculate the number of the population at mean, given a std.dev and population size. The use case for this, is Mobile Phone push notifications. I send the notification ...
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How to answer probability question with basic std dev statistics

I have a data sample, say: $69$, $72$, $100$, $87$, $57$, $123$, $110$. Knowing the standard deviation and the mean what is the answer to the question: What is the number ($x$) for which $n\%$ out ...
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Question about an article by Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the problems with standard deviation.

The article by Nassim Nicholas Taleb says that using standard deviation is flawed and is poorly understood and mean absolute deviation should be used. Because this article is short, and I don't ...
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Standard deviation: When to use which sum-coefficient?

I'm wondering when to use $\sigma = \sqrt{\frac{1}{n-1} \sum_{i=1}^{n}(X_{i}-X_{mean})^2}$ and when to use $\sigma = \sqrt{\frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^{n}(X_{i}-X_{mean})^2}$ which I have both seen in ...
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How is the Standard Error and the Unbiased Estimate of the Variance Related?

I am going through a statistics textbook and there are two similar formula's that I cannot seem to grasp, one under the "Sampling Error" section and the other under the "Unbiased Estimator" section. ...
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Find the variance of $x$ when the standard deviation is given in the form of $ax+b$.

The standard deviation of $3x+7$ is $4$; then what is the variance of $x$? I know that variance is the square of the standard deviation but how does $3x+7$ and $x$ relate?
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Rolling standard deviations

I am trying to calculate standard deviations on an array of numbers. My psuedo code looks like this: ...