Comparing Absolute Deviation to Mean Absolute Deviation

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Hi Guys,

I am trying to measure variability in a part for my sensor which l do not know the true value. So l decided that a good way to measure variability in this case would be to measure precision of my data points as l change this part on the sensor. So l was wondering, can l compare the absolute deviation and mean absolute deviation and calculate the percentage deviation between the two, and then use the percentage deviation as a number which tells me something about variability in this part.


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Your description is not very clear. Please flesh it out more, perhaps with an example.
 
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Your description is not very clear. Please flesh it out more, perhaps with an example.
I calculated 15 absolute deviations and their mean absolute deviation. Would it be valid for me to say my data set is accurate if all the 15 absolute deviations are within ±5% of the mean absolute deviation ?
 
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No, I meant a much more thorough description of what you are doing. What do you mean by "measuring the precision"? What does this involve? What, arithmetically, do you then do with the observations?
 
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I am doing nuclear counting for medical imaging and l do not know the 'true' estimate of counts for my system. So to see if my system is operating consistently as l change a certain part, l am going to measure its precision. That is, as l change that part, are my number of counts within the same range.
 

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