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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Relationship between exterior power of representation and variance?

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Removing slope from running times

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Relation between standard deviation and mean in random processes

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Definition of Standard Deviation

We note that given a probability distribution function $P$ over a space $U$ the expected value of a function of the elements in U: $$ E(f(x)) = \int_{U} f(x)P(x) $$ We thus consider the mean as the ...
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Standard Deviation of 2D vector data

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Bayesian Shrinkage Factor

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Confidence intervals and dividing by $n^{0.5}$

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Model selection: geometric mean of the standard deviation.

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Have averages, need variance

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rate of convergence of mean ,variance & skewness estimators

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How can I compare two averages of imperfect measurements, with their std. deviations?

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Help with problem: Estimated Standard Deviation of Regression Equation (Simple Linear)

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Statistics,standard deviation,spread,gemoetric meaning

What are the geometrical interpretations/meanings of these statistical quantities: mean, standard deviation and spread?
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Portfolio sd, covariance over different time periods

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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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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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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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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 , ...
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Standard deviation of the mean through bootstrap resampling of dependent samples

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Mean for seat allocation

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Problem understanding Standard Deviation calculation

For a given dataset wm_t, the example for calculating standard deviation of the "gain" column is represented as: ...
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Standard Error of Sample Variance

I have a time-series of values $X_1, X_2, \ldots, X_t$, for which I compute sample variance: $$\hat{\sigma}^2 = \operatorname{var}(X_1, \ldots, X_t)$$ (unabiased estimator using $\frac{1}{t-1})$. ...
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statistically analyse pass rate of test in different locations

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Welford's algorithm for standard deviation: combine multiple sets of results

Suppose I use Welford's algorithm to compute the standard deviation of multiple sets of values. I only store all the n, mean and M2 results that the algorithm calculates, thus I have these three ...
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How to 'adjust' a series mean to match another series mean

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Uncertainty of measurement with goniometer

I got a goniometer with scale -90 to 90 degree. I use only 0 to 90 degree. One section of the scale has 1 degree. I read a value of $62^\circ$. What is the uncertainty of this measurement? I thougt ...
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Finding groups with minimum mean deviation

Is there any algorithm that groups consecutive elements in an array that gives the minimum mean deviation. For example we are given an array a=[1,2,3,4,8,2,3,5] There can be many "consecutive" ...
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Population confidence interval from sample SD and sample mean?

A sample has: $$\text{a sample size } n = 70,$$ $$\text{sample standard deviation } s = 184.43,$$ $$\text{and a sample mean } \bar{x} = 564.15.$$ Compute a 95% confidence interval for the population ...
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Monte Carlo standard deviation of the mean estimate too small.

I'm doing a Monte Carlo calculation and use the standard deviation of the mean $\sigma_M$ as the error. To get an estimate of this from the regular standard deviation I use $$\sigma_M=\dfrac\sigma ...
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Is it possible to convert calculate the percentile and t-scores from mean and standard deviation?

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Any way to simplify this expression?

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standard deviation of a rate of phone calls

I am trying to implement some real time monitoring. I have a real time data feed from which I can calculate the number of phone calls received in the last hour (now-60 minutes). I want to alert when ...
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Why is my sample standard deviation not an unbiased estimator?

I was goofing around with a spreadsheet and decided to show empirically that the sample standard deviation is an unbiased estimator of the true population standard deviation. Link to Excel File I ...
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Probability for Rolling 10 tethedrons 100 times

I am pretty confused about how to form the probability distribution function of the following question: Suppose you have a tetrahedron with numbers 1,2,3,4 on respective faces. If you roll 10 such ...
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Hypergeometric Distribution Probability (mean, variance, Std Deviation)

The distribution of the number of children per household for households receiving aid to dependent children (ADC) in a large eastern city is as follows: 5% of ADC households have one child, 35% of ADC ...
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How does standard deviation depend on data?

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Calculate standard deviation from ratio of two variables

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Calculating minumum representative sample

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Getting the correct error for a mean calculation

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Can't find Standard Deviation for Continuous Random Variable

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How does the formula for standard deviation result in the normal distribution

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Variance decomposition of double sum

This question is about the variance decomposition of a double sum. For a single sum, it is well known that: ...
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Exponential Probability - Light bulb lifetime question

Suppose the lifetime of a cheap light bulb is exponentially distributed with average lifetime equal to 100 hours. If you have a supply of 100 such bulbs and you use one at a time, with a failed one ...
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Converting one normal distribution to another

I have a long data similar to this; between 15 and 25 consider its mean as m and calculated standard deviation using this formula. I assumed the above data as a normally distributed data and can ...
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How to reduce the standard deviation from $P$ where $P$ involves a random integer uniformly distributed in $\left[ 0,100\right]$

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Statistics of several small datasets

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Probability involving Normal Distribution

Two instruments are used to measure the height, h, of a tower. The error made by the less accurate instrument is normally distributed with mean 0 and standard deviation 0.0056h. The error made by the ...
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Sum of Two Normal Distributions - Weighted?

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Geometric Mean of Random Variables

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Estimate of group standard deviation given pairs of distances

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