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    Standard deviation?

    Pick a number between 0 and 7.

    You now need to create a set of data that has at least 6 (no more than 10) values in it.

    Your created values (data) need to have a standard deviation of 3.

    You also need to explain how you came up with your values.


    I am so so lost. Please show me how to do this.
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    The standard deviation is the Square root of the average square distance between the data and its mean.

    The simplest way to do this would be to choose 6 data points, and give them all the same square distance from the mean. We want an average square distance of 3^2 =9, so I will make all my data have a distance of 3 from the mean.

    You might find it easier to think along these lines instead
    "If the standard deviation is 3 then the variance must be 9"
    "The variance is the average squared deviation from the mean. I can get a variance of 9 by putting every point 3 units away from the mean"

    Either way, The easiest way to to this is to choose a mean value (ill use 4). Then pick 3 points with a positive deviation of 3, and 3 points with a negative deviation of 3.


    So i suggest
    (4-3)
    (4-3)
    (4-3)
    (4+3)
    (4+3)
    (4+3)

    which is:
    1,1,1,7,7,7

    You can check that the mean of the above values is 4 and the standard deviation is 3
    Last edited by SpringFan25; June 20th 2010 at 03:42 AM.
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    Thank you so much!
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