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# Is the standard deviation of the set of measurements x1, x2,

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The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 13th Edition - Quantitative Questions Project

Is the standard deviation of the set of measurements x1, x2, x3, x4, ..., x20 less than 3 ?

(1) The variance for the set of measurements is 4.
(2) For each measurement, the difference between the mean and that measurement is 2.

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Is the standard deviation of the set of measurements x1, x2, x3, x4, ..., x20 less than 3 ?

CALCULATING STANDARD DEVIATION OF A SET {x1, x2, ... xn}:
1. Find the mean, $$m$$, of the values.
2. For each value $$x_i$$ calculate its deviation ($$m-x_i$$) from the mean.
3. Calculate the squares of these deviations.
4. Find the mean of the squared deviations. This quantity is the variance.
5. Take the square root of the variance. The quantity is th SD.

Expressed by formula: $$standard \ deviation= \sqrt{variance} = \sqrt{\frac{\sum(m-x_i)^2}{N}}$$.

(1) The variance for the set of measurements is 4. The variance is just the square of the standard deviation, so if $$variance=4$$ then $$SD=\sqrt{4}=2$$. Sufficient.

(2) For each measurement, the difference between the mean and that measurement is 2. So, we have that $$m-x_i=2$$, since N=20 then we know everything to calculate the standard deviation. Sufficient.

For more on that subject check:
Math Book chapter on SD - math-standard-deviation-87905.html
PS questions on SD - ps-questions-about-standard-deviation-85897.html
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26 Jun 2012, 15:31
is SD < 3/

st. 1) SD = square root of variance (4) = 2
sufficient

st.2.) 2 <3
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27 Jun 2012, 12:39
Its D..

1)square root of variance is standard deviation.. so it will be 2.. that is less than 3 ..sufficient

2) s.d is 2 .. that is less than 3.. sufficient..

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Is the standard deviation of the set of measurements x1, x2, x3, x4, ..., x20 less than 3 ?

CALCULATING STANDARD DEVIATION OF A SET {x1, x2, ... xn}:
1. Find the mean, $$m$$, of the values.
2. For each value $$x_i$$ calculate its deviation ($$m-x_i$$) from the mean.
3. Calculate the squares of these deviations.
4. Find the mean of the squared deviations. This quantity is the variance.
5. Take the square root of the variance. The quantity is th SD.

Expressed by formula: $$standard \ deviation= \sqrt{variance} = \sqrt{\frac{\sum(m-x_i)^2}{N}}$$.

(1) The variance for the set of measurements is 4. The variance is just the square of the standard deviation, so if $$variance=4$$ then $$SD=\sqrt{4}=2$$. Sufficient.

(2) For each measurement, the difference between the mean and that measurement is 2. So, we have that $$m-x_i=2$$, since N=20 then we know everything to calculate the standard deviation. Sufficient.

For more on that subject check:
Math Book chapter on SD - math-standard-deviation-87905.html
PS questions on SD - ps-questions-about-standard-deviation-85897.html
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Is the standard deviation of the set of measurements x1, x2, x3, x4, ..., x20 less than 3 ?

(1) The variance for the set of measurements is 4.
(2) For each measurement, the difference between the mean and that measurement is 2.

1 Statement:

s.deviation = sqrt(variance) = > thus, the std is 2. Sufficient;

2 Statement:

The standard deviation cannot be greater than the difference of observation and the mean of the population, (take min and max of the population compare to mean). Thus, we can safely assume that the std is less than 3. Sufficient.

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19 Sep 2012, 02:15
Hi Bunuel,
I am of the opinion that calculation is not needed to prove D is sufficient.

Standard deviation of an observation is how far it is from the mean of the observations.
so by definition of SD, D is sufficient..

Please correct me if my understanding is wrong.
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19 Sep 2012, 23:23
Bunuel wrote:
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Is the standard deviation of the set of measurements x1, x2, x3, x4, ..., x20 less than 3 ?

CALCULATING STANDARD DEVIATION OF A SET {x1, x2, ... xn}:
1. Find the mean, $$m$$, of the values.
2. For each value $$x_i$$ calculate its deviation ($$m-x_i$$) from the mean.
3. Calculate the squares of these deviations.
4. Find the mean of the squared deviations. This quantity is the variance.
5. Take the square root of the variance. The quantity is th SD.

Expressed by formula: $$standard \ deviation= \sqrt{variance} = \sqrt{\frac{\sum(m-x_i)^2}{N}}$$.

(1) The variance for the set of measurements is 4. The variance is just the square of the standard deviation, so if $$variance=4$$ then $$SD=\sqrt{4}=2$$. Sufficient

(2) For each measurement, the difference between the mean and that measurement is 2. So, we have that $$m-x_i=2$$, since N=20 then we know everything to calculate the standard deviation. Sufficient.

For more on that subject check:
Math Book chapter on SD - math-standard-deviation-87905.html
PS questions on SD - ps-questions-about-standard-deviation-85897.html

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I am of the opinion that calculation is not needed to prove D is sufficient.

Standard deviation of an observation is how far it is from the mean of the observations.
so by definition of SD, D is sufficient..

Please correct me if my understanding is wrong.
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24 Jan 2013, 05:33
For 2 to hold good,

say mean is 4 and for each of the 20 measurements to have a difference of 2 from the mean, all the measurements have to be either 2 or 6. .

Please correct me if my understanding is not correct.
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Nice Official Question.
Here is what i did on this Question=>
We need to see if the SD is less than 3 or not.

Statement 1->
Variance =4
Hence S-D=2

Hence Sufficient

Statement 2=>
Using the equation => S.D = $$\sqrt{\frac{\sum(Mean-x_i)^2}{N}}$$
S.D => 2
Hence Sufficient

Hence D

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