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standard deviation

Donald Fenna

in A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780198605225
Published online January 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191726910
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statistics. Symbol s.d., σ. A measure of the variability in a set of numbers, equal to the square root of the variance (a less convenient measure of variability, as is also the mean deviation). The deviation for each number is the difference between it and the mean value for the set. Clearly, averaging the signed values would produce zero, by the definition of the mean. The ...

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