# Hey guys just looking for help with this question dealing with population variance.

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• Mar 15th 2013, 07:09 PM
Joyeux
Hey guys just looking for help with this question dealing with population variance.
I don't quite know how to write this problem down here, so I'll just do it in paint and post up a link.

imgur: the simple image sharer

Thanks, it would be helpful if you could explain it to me through paint also, as I don't really understand math displayed on a computer. I just don't know how to proceed on the question, and i don't even know what exactly it is asking me to do.
• Mar 15th 2013, 07:52 PM
majamin
Re: Hey guys just looking for help with this question dealing with population varianc
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Originally Posted by Joyeux
I don't quite know how to write this problem down here, so I'll just do it in paint and post up a link.

imgur: the simple image sharer

Thanks, it would be helpful if you could explain it to me through paint also, as I don't really understand math displayed on a computer. I just don't know how to proceed on the question, and i don't even know what exactly it is asking me to do.

Your equality is not true. The mean $\displaystyle \mu$ is missing an exponent of 2. See below (by the way, this is "math displayed on a computer", and I'm not quite sure how this is worse than "numbers by paint"(Wink)):

$\displaystyle \sigma^2=\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{(x_i-\mu)^2}{n} = \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i^2}{n} - 2\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i \mu}{n} + \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{\mu^2}{n}$
$\displaystyle = \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i^2}{n} - 2\mu\left(\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i}{n}\right) + n\frac{\mu^2}{n}$
$\displaystyle = \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i^2}{n} - 2\mu^2 + \mu^2$
$\displaystyle = \sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i^2}{n} - \mu^2$
• Mar 15th 2013, 08:11 PM
Joyeux
Re: Hey guys just looking for help with this question dealing with population varianc
Oops sorry I edited it, I still don't know how to solve it though. I don't think it's asking to change from one form to another. Your solution didn't have the substituted version of mu. Still really confused.
• Mar 15th 2013, 08:16 PM
Joyeux
Re: Hey guys just looking for help with this question dealing with population varianc
I think this is the question it's asking, imgur: the simple image sharer. Still not 100% sure though.