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# A set of data consists of the following 5 numbers: 0,2,4,6

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A set of data consists of the following 5 numbers: 0,2,4,6 and 8. Which 2 numbers, if added to create a set of 7 numbers, will result in a new standard deviation that is closest to the standard deviation for of the 5 original numbers?

A) -1 and 9
B) 4 and 4
C) 3 and 5
D) 2 and 6
E) 0 and 8

Sorry, I mistook and wrote d instead of 4 in B.

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24 Jan 2008, 18:44
Average is 4. Each of the pairs has an average of 4 except for B. which is 4 and D.

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24 Jan 2008, 21:11
eschn3am wrote:
Average is 4. Each of the pairs has an average of 4 except for B. which is 4 and D.

??????? How can you deduce that (4+D)/2 isn't going to be 4?
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24 Jan 2008, 21:29
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eschn3am wrote:
Average is 4. Each of the pairs has an average of 4 except for B. which is 4 and D.

??????? How can you deduce that (4+D)/2 isn't going to be 4?

I can't. It's a case of knowing that all the other ones are 4 for sure, so I'll put my money on the one that might be something else.

I agree that it's bizarre logic though. I'm thinking there must be something wrong with either the question, my logic or my understanding of the question because choosing B for being the lesser of 5 evils is ridiculous.
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25 Jan 2008, 01:32
D

$$x_{av}=(0+2+4+6+8)/5=4$$

$$(\sum{(x-x_{av})^2})_{av}=(16+4+0+4+16)/5=8$$

for all variants $$y_{av}=4$$
Ideally, we have to add two numbers for which$$(\sum{(y-y_{av})^2})_{av}=8$$

D has the closest value - 4.
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25 Jan 2008, 09:37
Sorry, I just corrected the data of this problem!!!
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29 Jan 2008, 15:43
I don´t understand very well why D is the right answer and not the other ones.

Besides, is there any other way to solve it without using the formula? With the intervals of 2, perhaps???
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29 Jan 2008, 15:52
netcaesar wrote:
A set of data consists of the following 5 numbers: 0,2,4,6 and 8. Which 2 numbers, if added to create a set of 7 numbers, will result in a new standard deviation that is closest to the standard deviation for of the 5 original numbers?

A) -1 and 9
B) 4 and 4
C) 3 and 5
D) 2 and 6
E) 0 and 8

Sorry, I mistook and wrote d instead of 4 in B.

Average of 5 numbers = 4
The way I look at it is each of the choices will not affect the average (it remains 4 as the total will be 28 for 7 numbers), but the standard deviation will be least affected by choice B simply because (4-4)^2 will not affect the overall summation.

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29 Jan 2008, 19:12
A. D(SET 5, -1, 9) = 3.5857
B. D(SET 5, 4, 4) = 2.3905
C. D(SET 5, 3, 5) = 2.4495
D. D(SET 5, 2, 6) = 2.6186
---D(SET 5) = 2.8284
E. D(SET 5, 0, 8) = 3.2071
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29 Jan 2008, 19:33
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A. D(SET 5, -1, 9) = 3.5857
B. D(SET 5, 4, 4) = 2.3905
C. D(SET 5, 3, 5) = 2.4495
D. D(SET 5, 2, 6) = 2.6186
---D(SET 5) = 2.8284
E. D(SET 5, 0, 8) = 3.2071

walker, you're right -- I missed the division by N in the standard deviation calculation
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30 Jan 2008, 10:23
I thought in another way but I am not sure if it is true:

We know that the Av=4 in the group.

There is an interval of 2 units in the group: 0,2,4,6 and8.

So, can I conclude that the minimum difference in the St. Deviation will be with another 2 elements 2 points far from the average (that is,2 and 6)?
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30 Jan 2008, 12:59
netcaesar wrote:
I thought in another way but I am not sure if it is true:

We know that the Av=4 in the group.

There is an interval of 2 units in the group: 0,2,4,6 and8.

So, can I conclude that the minimum difference in the St. Deviation will be with another 2 elements 2 points far from the average (that is,2 and 6)?

I think It is too risky in general case.
"Ideally, we have to add two numbers for which$$(\sum{(y-y_{av})^2})_{av}=8$$" - is one of the right ways.

And thanks for your PS question.
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