







Coefficient of variation 
20110414 

From Braden: When determining coefficient of variation (CV) or %CV is it possible to calculate %CV for two variables? For instance can %CV be used to determine the precision of 5 data points on a graph using the X and Y coordinates? or does %CV need to be determined for each variable separately? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Coefficient of variation 
20081217 

From JR: I have read your reponses regarding the coeffcient of variation (CV) and find them very useful. I still have a question about interpreting the CV. Let's that the CV of sample #1 is 3% and that of sample #2 is 12%. Can I report that Sample #2 is 4 times more variable than sample #1? Thanks in advance! Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The coefficient of variation 
20060520 

From Glenn: What is the correct formula for coefficient of variation for a binomial distribution? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Coefficient of variation 
20051019 

From Jan: I am currently teaching the coefficient of variation and am wondering if there are some guidelines as to the interpretation of this statistic. I understand that it measures the variation in a variable relative to the mean  but what is the cut off for "too much" variation expressed in this way???
Answered by Andrei Volodin and Penny Nom. 





Ciefficient of variation 
20010923 

From Carmen: I have a question from my OAC finite class. I've come across a problem with the coefficient of variation. I have taught my students that there are no units for coefficient of variation and it can be expressed as a percent. So, for example, a set of data with mean of 5 and standard deviation of 100 would have a CV of 5%. But what happens in this situation: the mean is 4meters and the standard deviation is 0.7mm. Is the CV 1.75% or 0.00175% or 0.0175%? I've had some students change leave the units as is, change them both to mm or change them both to meters...so which is it and why? Answered by Penny Nom. 

