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Topic: Squares intead Module in standard deviation
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Re: Squares intead Module in standard deviation
Posted: Oct 12, 2013 3:15 AM
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In article <>,
fom <> wrote:

> On 10/11/2013 11:56 PM, Christiano wrote:
> > Why in the formula of standard deviation uses squares instead of simply
> > putting differences within module?
> >
> > Example:
> > standard deviation² = Sum[(y-ym)²]/(n-1)
> >
> > Is not it better this?
> > standard deviation = Sum[|y-ym|]/(n-1)

This one, or rather Sum[|y-ym|]/n, is more commonly called the
mean absolute deviation rather than standard deviation.
> >
> Your answer is probably here:
> deviation_and_mean
> The standard deviation satisfies a minimization problem with
> respect to the mean.
> As a general criterion for dispersions to points of central
> tendency, there is a small table here:
> s
> Click on the other dispersions to find if any of the others
> relates to your "better" choice.


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