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I. Describing Data: Graphically & Numerically: Lecture 2 | 1:07:37 min
Last reply by: Xiaming JinWed Mar 2, 2016 11:19 PM
Post by Sandahl Nelson on February 25 at 06:03:43 PM
Hello,The population variance measures the variation from Mu (population mean), so we divide by N (capital N because it is the the whole population)The sample variance is used as an estimate for the population variance, but is actually the variation from X-bar (sample mean), so we divide n-1 (small n because it is the size of just the sample) to correct for the fact that we only use the variation around x-bar.In other words, we subtract 1 because the sample variance is an estimate of the variance of the population from which we draw the sample. Because the values in the sample will be (on average), closer to the sample mean than to the population mean, when we calculate variance using deviations from the sample mean it underestimates the variance of the population. Using n-1 instead of n as the divisor corrects for that.
Post by Xiaming Jin on February 22 at 09:08:33 PM
I still don't understand what's the difference between the sample variance and the population variance, why sample variance should divide (n-1) instead of n??
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