## Simple Question (basic statistics)

For the discussion of math. Duh.

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knight427
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### Simple Question (basic statistics)

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)

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)

Those are good suggestions, thanks.
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