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Gaussian distribution!

  1. Sep 14, 2013 #1
    In my course textbook it is written that "approximately 68% of the measurements from a normally distributed set lie within +-1 standard deviation of the mean value".
    What do they mean by standard deviation of the mean value? They give a definition for "the mean"(of a set of measurements(data)) right before talking about gaussian distribution.
    Also when they say "68% of the measurements" do they use the word "measurement" as in the meaning of data(e.g. lenght of an object) or set of data(e.g. lenghts of objects)?
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  4. Sep 16, 2013 #3
    You can think of the standard deviation as "the average distance from the average."
  5. Sep 16, 2013 #4


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    Here they are talking in terms of distance: roughly 68% of the measurements are within a distance of one standard deviation of the mean. If you think of a sketch of a bell curve, then when you locate
    the two values [itex] \mu - \sigma [/itex] and [itex] \mu + \sigma [/itex], you can say that roughly 68% of the values from that distribution is between those two values

    Answered in the first point of this reply.
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