Mammoth Memory

Standard deviation

Standard deviation – measures spread about the mean value.

Standard deviation is useful in comparing sets of data which may have the same mean but different ranges. This formula has been developed so that when standard deviation is quoted everyone understands its meaning.

E.g. compare:

i.   15, 15, 15, 14, 16

ii.  2, 7, 14, 22, 30

 

i.  Mean = `(15+15+15+14+16)/5=75/5=15`

ii.  Mean = `(2+7+14+22+30)/5=75/5=15` 

 

Both have a mean of 15 but II is more spread out.

To show this spread we use the standard deviation formula:

 Standard deviation `=sigma=sqrt((Sigma(x-bar x)^2)/(n-1))`

Where:

The standard deviation formula symbols represent the sum of, each value of a data set, mean of all the values in a data set and number of values in the data set

More Info