Measures of dispersion

[PEREZGONZALEZ Jose D [ed] (2012). Measures of dispersion. Journal of Knowledge Advancement & Integration (ISSN 1177-4576), 2012, page 236.] [Printer friendly]

Measures of dispersion

In statistics, measures of dispersion are a group of mathematical technologies (ie, procedures or formulas) used for describing the spread of values in a dataset or, more often, the spread of values around a measure of central tendency. Measures of dispersion typically refer to the following:

role name
The total range of values in a distribution range
The spread of values in nominal variables modal dispersion, variation ratio
The spread of values around the median interquartile range
The spread of values around the mean standard deviation, variance


Jose D PEREZGONZALEZ (2012). Massey University, Turitea Campus, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. (JDPerezgonzalezJDPerezgonzalez).

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Khan Academy - Range, variance and standard deviation
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