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I have a querry related to standard deviation.
I read sum where that " Standard deviation of a set is always non-negative and equals 0 only if all members of the set are the same". But wht abt the standard deviation in the following set:

(2,4,6,8,10,12)

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New post 17 Mar 2009, 04:38
\(SD = \sqrt{\frac{(2-7)^2+(4-7)^2+(6-7)^2+(8-7)^2+(10-7)^2+(12-7)^2}{6}} = \sqrt{\frac{5^2+3^2+1^2+1^2+3^2+5^2}{6}} > 0\)

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