







Sample variance 
20100125 

From shodhan: A series of 100 measurements of a physical quantity have been made that show a random fluctions characterized by a sample variance of 2% of teh mean value. If the series is lengthed to 1000 measurements made under the same conditions, estimates the sample variance of the larger set of data. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Sample variance: inches to centimeters 
20080922 

From Anita: The average height of a sample of basketball players is 6 feet, 2 inches or 74 inches.
The standard deviation of this sample of players is 4 inches. If each person's height were to be multiplied by 2.54, what would be the value of the resulting sample variance? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Sample variance 
20050817 

From Rosalie: To give an unbiased estimate of the population variance, the denominator of the sample variance should be (n1) instead of n. I tried to convince myself by comparing the population variance and sample variance (with denominator n and n1): Answered by Penny Nom. 





Sample variance 
20000416 

From Jonathan Freeman: I was just reading your article entitled "A Note on Standard Deviation" I'm now teaching a unit on s.d. and my students were wondering why one uses a denominator of n for a population and n1 for a sample. I saw in your article that this is because "[the quantity] tends to underestimate sigma... and other technical reasons." To which my students again asked... "Why?" Could you please elaborate a bit on the "other technical reasons" perhaps in terms a high school senior (or their teacher...) could understand? Answered by Harley Weston. 

