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If M is a negative integer and K is a positive integer, which of the following could be the standard deviation of a set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}? I. 1.5 II. 2 III. 0 (A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None
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rohitgoel15 wrote: If M is a negative integer and K is a positive integer, which of the following could be the standard deviation of a set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}? I. 1.5 II. 2 III. 0
(A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None Important note: SD is always >=0. SD is 0 only when the list contains all identical elements (or which is same only 1 element). So the answer is clearly E, none. Answer: E. To elaborate more: Standard deviation shows how much variation there is from the mean, how widespread a given set is. So, a low standard deviation indicates that the data points tend to be very close to the mean, whereas high standard deviation indicates that the data are spread out over a large range of values. So, basically we can say that it in a sense measures the distance and the distance cannot be negative. Also if you look at the formula for the standard deviation you'll see that it's square root of some number (variance) and the square root can never be negative. Check this for more: mathstandarddeviation87905.html PS questions on SD: psquestionsaboutstandarddeviation85897.htmlDS questions on SD: dsquestionsaboutstandarddeviation85896.htmlHope it helps.
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SD cant be negative. SD=0 if all the numbers are the same, or it is only one number in the set So,E is the answ hm...cant be before Bunuel trying, but still cant be hehe
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Thanks Bunnel and Rohit for this good post and explanation



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rohitgoel15 wrote: If M is a negative integer and K is a positive integer, which of the following could be the standard deviation of a set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}?
I. 1.5 II. 2 III. 0
(A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None SD is always positive ...hence E. IF the question would have been that what could be the median.in that case answer would be C.
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Bunuel wrote: rohitgoel15 wrote: If M is a negative integer and K is a positive integer, which of the following could be the standard deviation of a set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}? I. 1.5 II. 2 III. 0
(A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None Important note: SD is always >=0. SD is 0 only when the list contains all identical elements (or which is same only 1 element). So the answer is clearly E, none. Answer: E. To elaborate more: Standard deviation shows how much variation there is from the mean, how widespread a given set is. So, a low standard deviation indicates that the data points tend to be very close to the mean, whereas high standard deviation indicates that the data are spread out over a large range of values. So, basically we can say that it in a sense measures the distance and the distance cannot be negative. Also if you look at the formula for the standard deviation you'll see that it's square root of some number (variance) and the square root can never be negative. Hope it helps. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Hi, I understood that SD cant be negative, but SD can be zero, because SD <= 1/2 Range and if the range of a set is ZERO then SD will also be ZERO (I read this somewhere). Please comment



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gaganjyot11 wrote: Bunuel wrote: rohitgoel15 wrote: If M is a negative integer and K is a positive integer, which of the following could be the standard deviation of a set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}? I. 1.5 II. 2 III. 0
(A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None Important note: SD is always >=0. SD is 0 only when the list contains all identical elements (or which is same only 1 element). So the answer is clearly E, none. Answer: E. To elaborate more: Standard deviation shows how much variation there is from the mean, how widespread a given set is. So, a low standard deviation indicates that the data points tend to be very close to the mean, whereas high standard deviation indicates that the data are spread out over a large range of values. So, basically we can say that it in a sense measures the distance and the distance cannot be negative. Also if you look at the formula for the standard deviation you'll see that it's square root of some number (variance) and the square root can never be negative. Hope it helps. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Hi, I understood that SD cant be negative, but SD can be zero, because SD <= 1/2 Range and if the range of a set is ZERO then SD will also be ZERO (I read this somewhere). Please comment SD is 0 only when the list contains all identical elements (or which is same only 1 element). Check for more here: statisticsmadeeasyallinonetopic203966.html
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good one..very tricky SD can never be negative, thus I and II out SD will be 0 only when all the elements of the set are equal. thus, in our case, it can't be 0. if m is 1 and k is 5, then SD would be between 1 and 2.



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1.5,2 cannot be the standard deviation,Because standard deviation can never be a negative number. SD>=0 SD=0 only when all the terms are equal.Irrespective of M and K all terms are not equal.So SD cannot be equal to 0 also. So answer is none (E)



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Bunuel wrote: So, basically we can say that it in a sense measures the distance and the distance cannot be negative.
Hope it helps. Hi Bunuel , understand that SD is always greater than or equal to 0. But you say that the square root can never be negative, there always seems to be some confusion regarding this. Can you please direct me to any material which helps in understanding when to consider +/ {square root} and when not to?
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abhishek911 wrote: Bunuel wrote: So, basically we can say that it in a sense measures the distance and the distance cannot be negative.
Hope it helps. Hi Bunuel , understand that SD is always greater than or equal to 0. But you say that the square root can never be negative, there always seems to be some confusion regarding this. Can you please direct me to any material which helps in understanding when to consider +/ {square root} and when not to? Also, check out this post: https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... ootsgmat/
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: abhishek911 wrote: Bunuel wrote: So, basically we can say that it in a sense measures the distance and the distance cannot be negative.
Hope it helps. Hi Bunuel , understand that SD is always greater than or equal to 0. But you say that the square root can never be negative, there always seems to be some confusion regarding this. Can you please direct me to any material which helps in understanding when to consider +/ {square root} and when not to? Also, check out this post: https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... ootsgmat/Thanks. This was the confusion!
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Solution Standard deviation formula is the mean of square of difference between mean and each element of the set which can either be positive or 0. Thus, SD can either be 0 or positive. Now, standard deviation is 0 when x= x ̅ or when mean and all the elements of the set are equal. However, in the set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7} all the elements of the given set are not equal. Thus, none of the given number can be the mean of the set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}. Hence, the correct answer is option E. Answer: E
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rohitgoel15 wrote: If M is a negative integer and K is a positive integer, which of the following could be the standard deviation of a set {7, 5, 3, M, 0, 1, 3, K, 7}?
I. 1.5 II. 2 III. 0
(A) I only (B) II only (C) III only (D) I and III only (E) None Property 1: The standard deviation of a set of values is always greater than equal to 0 Property 2: If all values in a set are equal, the standard deviation of the set equals 0Property 3: If the values in a set are NOT all equal, the standard deviation of the set is greater than 0Now examine the statements... I. 1.5 standard deviation cannot be negative. II. 2 standard deviation cannot be negative. III. 0 since the values are not all equal, the standard deviation cannot be zero. Answer: E Cheers, Brent
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