Simple Question (basic statistics)

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Simple Question (basic statistics)

Postby knight427 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:51 pm UTC

Is there a term for the distance from the data point furthest from the mean, to the mean?

For example, if my data set is:
[3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10]
then
mean = 6.6

The data point furthest from mean is 3, so:
6.6 -3 = 3.6

This is close to half the range, but not quite…certainly I’m not the only person who has ever thought this value is useful enough to be named. My Google attempts have however failed to find a name for it.
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Re: Simple Question (basic statistics)

Postby Twistar » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:10 pm UTC

Absolute Deviation

People would probably know what you mean if you said "maximum absolute deviation" or "maximum deviation" or something.

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Re: Simple Question (basic statistics)

Postby knight427 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:23 pm UTC

Those are good suggestions, thanks.
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