# Standard Deviation

**Topics:**Frequency distribution, Standard deviation, Mean

**Pages:**3 (427 words)

**Published:**February 14, 2013

L.O.: To find the mean and standard deviation from a frequency table.

The formula for the standard deviation of a set of data is [pic]

Recap question

A sample of 60 matchboxes gave the following results for the variable x (the number of matches in a box):

[pic].

Calculate the mean and standard deviation for x.

Introductory example for finding the mean and standard deviation for a table: The table shows the number of children living in a sample of households:

|Number of children, x |Frequency, f |xf |x2f | |0 |14 |0 × 14 = 0 |02 × 14 = 0 | |1 |12 |1 × 12 = 12 | | |2 |8 | | | |3 |6 | |32 × 6 = 54 | |TOTAL |[pic] |[pic] |[pic] |

We find the mean for such frequency data using the revised formula: [pic], where n = [pic].

So, we find that [pic]

The revised formula for the variance is: [pic].

So we find that: [pic]=

Therefore, s.d. = [pic]

Example 2: Grouped frequency data (examination style question) A survey of 500 coaches arriving at a bus station found that 400 were delayed. The delay times, in minutes, for these 400 delayed coaches are summarised in the table.

|Delay minutes |Number of coaches | |0 - 1...

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