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# If d is the standard deviation of x, y, and z, what is the

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If d is the standard deviation of x, y, and z, what is the standard deviation of x+5, y+5 and z+5?

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22 Aug 2006, 13:14
Hmmm - I think its A...

The difference of each of the values with their mean does not change, so the SD should not change as well...
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22 Aug 2006, 13:21
d it is ! The answer should be A...

The difference between the mean and the actual numbers will remember the same.
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22 Aug 2006, 13:25
mean will change
new mean = (x+5+y+5+z+5)/3 = old mean + 5
but as each of the data points has moved ahead by 5 and even the mean has moved ahead by 5, the SD (which is nothing but a representation of relative distance b/w mean and each of the data points) will remain the same.
this can be shown mathematically as well.
Hence A.
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