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Sample variance 2010-01-25
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 2008-09-22
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 2005-08-17
From Rosalie:
To give an unbiased estimate of the population variance, the denominator of the sample variance should be (n-1) instead of n. I tried to convince myself by comparing the population variance and sample variance (with denominator n and n-1):
Answered by Penny Nom.
Sample variance 2000-04-16
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 n-1 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.



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