Re: Puzzled by the "Variance"

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg86531] Re: Puzzled by the "Variance"*From*: Januk <ggroup at sarj.ca>*Date*: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 04:32:07 -0500 (EST)*References*: <fr8b97$h2s$1@smc.vnet.net>

You are using equation 1 of that page, Variance uses equation 4. The reason for the difference is subtle and is explained in the text between the two equations. On Mar 12, 6:28=A0am, Elements <phil... at gmail.com> wrote: > Greeting all > I'm puzzled by the function "Variance". We can learn how to calculate > variance from this page:http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SampleVariance.html. > For example, calculate the sample variance of {1,2,3}. the average of > {1,2,3} is 2, then the variance should be ((1-2)^2+(2-2)^2+(3-2)^2)/3=2/= 3. > But mathematica gives that: > > In[10]:= Variance[{1.0,2.0,3.0}] > Out[10]= 1. > > Why?? > -- > Best Wishes! > Yours Sincerely