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camilleon

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- I have a standard for each individual value in a set of data. After scaling this data, the standard deviations must be scaled as well.

We're working on a project that plots flux density of a light curve with respect to time. To do this, we had to scale data from different wavelengths so we had just the one variable for the flux. Essentially we took each value for flux density and multiplied it by three over the frequency raised -1/2 power..

Sscaled=S⋅(3nu)−12Sscaled=S⋅(3nu)−12Where S is our flux denisty, nu is the frequency, and S_scaled in the scaled flux density (what we're going to plot)

QUESTION: We know the standard deviation for each measurement of flux density and we also want to scale it accordingly. This is where I'm having trouble. I'm not familiar with how to properly scale standard deviation in this case. We're essentially multiplying each value by a different number. Would I simply multiply each value for standard deviation by the same factor? That would be,

Errscaled=Serr⋅(3nu)−12Errscaled=Serr⋅(3nu)−12Where S_err is the standard deviation for each measurement and Err_scaled is the scaled standard deviation

We tried this and it gave us pretty large error bars. Since I'm not sure this is the right formula, I wanted to sure this is the correct way to scale the standard deviation.

Sscaled=S⋅(3nu)−12Sscaled=S⋅(3nu)−12Where S is our flux denisty, nu is the frequency, and S_scaled in the scaled flux density (what we're going to plot)

QUESTION: We know the standard deviation for each measurement of flux density and we also want to scale it accordingly. This is where I'm having trouble. I'm not familiar with how to properly scale standard deviation in this case. We're essentially multiplying each value by a different number. Would I simply multiply each value for standard deviation by the same factor? That would be,

Errscaled=Serr⋅(3nu)−12Errscaled=Serr⋅(3nu)−12Where S_err is the standard deviation for each measurement and Err_scaled is the scaled standard deviation

We tried this and it gave us pretty large error bars. Since I'm not sure this is the right formula, I wanted to sure this is the correct way to scale the standard deviation.