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Official Solution: The standard deviation of a set 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, which means that the standard deviation of any set is greater than or equal to zero: \(SD \ge 0\). Next, the standard deviation of a set is zero if and only the set consists of identical numbers (or which is the same if the set consists of only one number). (1) Each term of set \(T\) is positive. If \(T=\{5\}\) then then \(SD=0\) but if set \(T=\{5, 10\}\) then \(SD \gt 0\). Not sufficient. (2) Set \(T\) consists of one term. Any set with only one term has the standard deviation equal to zero. Sufficient. Answer: B
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Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
The standard deviation of a set 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, which means that the standard deviation of any set is greater than or equal to zero: \(SD \ge 0\). Next, the standard deviation of a set is zero if and only the set consists of identical numbers (or which is the same if the set consists of only one number). (1) Each term of set \(T\) is positive. If \(T=\{5\}\) then then \(SD=0\) but if set \(T=\{5, 10\}\) then \(SD \gt 0\). Not sufficient. (2) Set \(T\) consists of one term. Any set with only one term has the standard deviation equal to zero. Sufficient.
Answer: B dont we consider 0 as a positive no..? in that case both statements would be sufficient. pls help.



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riyazgilani wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
The standard deviation of a set 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, which means that the standard deviation of any set is greater than or equal to zero: \(SD \ge 0\). Next, the standard deviation of a set is zero if and only the set consists of identical numbers (or which is the same if the set consists of only one number). (1) Each term of set \(T\) is positive. If \(T=\{5\}\) then then \(SD=0\) but if set \(T=\{5, 10\}\) then \(SD \gt 0\). Not sufficient. (2) Set \(T\) consists of one term. Any set with only one term has the standard deviation equal to zero. Sufficient.
Answer: B dont we consider 0 as a positive no..? in that case both statements would be sufficient. pls help. You should brush up fundamentals. ZERO:1. 0 is an integer. 2. 0 is an even integer. An even number is an integer that is "evenly divisible" by 2, i.e., divisible by 2 without a remainder and as zero is evenly divisible by 2 then it must be even. 3. 0 is neither positive nor negative integer (the only one of this kind).4. 0 is divisible by EVERY integer except 0 itself. Check more here: numberpropertiestipsandhints174996.html
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I think this is a highquality question and I agree with explanation.
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It is very tricky because of two crucial facts: (1) SD is never negative. Think of its formula. SD is zero when single or same elements. (2) Zero is neither positive nor negative.



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Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
The standard deviation of a set 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, which means that the standard deviation of any set is greater than or equal to zero: \(SD \ge 0\). Next, the standard deviation of a set is zero if and only the set consists of identical numbers (or which is the same if the set consists of only one number). (1) Each term of set \(T\) is positive. If \(T=\{5\}\) then then \(SD=0\) but if set \(T=\{5, 10\}\) then \(SD \gt 0\). Not sufficient. (2) Set \(T\) consists of one term. Any set with only one term has the standard deviation equal to zero. Sufficient.
Answer: B Are we not required to find whether the SD is positive or not and from the answer you have provided does not A give us SD>0 ? So should not the answer be D instead of B ?



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soumya90 wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
The standard deviation of a set 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, which means that the standard deviation of any set is greater than or equal to zero: \(SD \ge 0\). Next, the standard deviation of a set is zero if and only the set consists of identical numbers (or which is the same if the set consists of only one number). (1) Each term of set \(T\) is positive. If \(T=\{5\}\) then then \(SD=0\) but if set \(T=\{5, 10\}\) then \(SD \gt 0\). Not sufficient. (2) Set \(T\) consists of one term. Any set with only one term has the standard deviation equal to zero. Sufficient.
Answer: B Are we not required to find whether the SD is positive or not and from the answer you have provided does not A give us SD>0 ? So should not the answer be D instead of B ? Hi, we are required to find out if SD is positive... but we do not get a clear answer from A.. 1) if there is only one element, or all elements are same say 5,5,5.. SD = 0.. 2) if more than one and different, SD>0.. so SD can be 0, which is neither positive or negative or SD >0.. that is why insuff..
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I think this is a highquality question and I agree with explanation.



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Each term of set T is a multiple of 5. Is standard deviation of T positive?
(1) Each term of set T is positive
(2) T consists of one term Hi, the first statement is clearly not sufficient to answer the question about the SD. The second SD=0 and 0 is neither positive nor negative , so that still didn't answer our question whether SD is positive or negative . Please explain how statement 2 is sufficient.










