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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Motivation behind standard deviation?

Let's take the numbers 0-10. Their mean is 5, and the individual deviations from 5 are -5, -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 And so the average (magnitude of) ...
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Sample Standard Deviation vs. Population Standard Deviation

I have an HP 50g graphing calculator and I am using it to calculate the standard deviation of some data. In the statistics calculation there is a type which can have two values: Sample Population I ...
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Why is there not a simpler way to calculate the standard deviation?

Steps of getting standard deviation. http://www.techbookreport.com/tutorials/stddev-30-secs.html: Work out the average (mean value) of your set of numbers Work out the difference between each ...
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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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Generate a set of random numbers with a normal distribution

I am trying to generate a set of N random numbers where the set has a normal distribution. I'm currently using a brute force approach: Randomly select N numbers from a normal distribution. Check ...
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Recursive formula for variance

I'd like to know how I can recursively (edit: iteratively) compute variance, so that I may calculate the standard deviation of a very large dataset in javascript. The input is a sorted array of ...
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is it possible to calculate the standard deviation with a given mean and sample size?

I have been going in rounds with this problem... I may be thinking "complicated", any advice? I have the mean and total sample size (=number of data points) and I need to know what is the standard ...
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Denominator to calculate standard deviation

I've just read something about calculating sample standard deviation. Some explanations say that it is because of degree of freedom. With a constraint that the mean should be zero, we do actually have ...
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Relation of mean of standard deviations and standard deviation

Let $\{x_{i,j} : i=1..7,j=1,..n\}$ be a set of samples from $n$ weeks (where $i$ denotes the day of the week). Is there any interesting information to be gleaned from the relationship (ratio, ...
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Remove statistical outliers

I've analysed newspapers by counting the language distributions of the articles. The results look like that: ...
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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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variance reduction

Say i have $n$ variables with variances $V_1,V_2,...V_n$. The sum of the variables will have a variance of $V=V_1+V_2+..V_n$ .Now if i am given N total simulations to reduce the variance V, how do i ...
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Central Limit Theorem: asymptotic distribution

I keep reading in the documents about the asymptotic distribution of the CLT. I am learning things by myself so try to figure it out on my own and don't have a teacher to ask the question to. So it's ...
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Normal distribution probability problem.

There are lots of salmon in a pond and their length (in centimeters) obeys normal distribution $N(70, 5.4^2)$. You and your friend go fishing and decide to continue fishing until both of you catch at ...
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Normalising Standard Deviation as score for Burstiness calculation

I have measured the frequency of terms within the same period (say 14 days), and I wish to use Standard Deviation to calculate their burstiness (i.e. which terms are more spiky), therefore, if a term ...