RE: Puzzled by the "Variance"

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• From: "Jaccard Florian" <Florian.Jaccard at he-arc.ch>
• Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:55:04 -0500 (EST)
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```You've got a lot of very good answers...

As a complement:

In earlier versions, you could also ask for the biased (or population)
variance. It still works with v.6, in spice of the fact that it's
considered as "removed"...

Just write:

data = {1, 2, 3};
<< "Statistics`"
VarianceMLE[data]

It gives: 2/3

But it's quite dangerous to use "removed" mathematica packages...

I just don't understand why Wolfram removed this function... In most
other systems, you can ask for both variances!

Florian Jaccard

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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??
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Best Wishes!
Yours Sincerely

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