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Uncertainty and the mean and standard deviation

  1. Jul 29, 2009 #1
    I am an independent researcher ready to compile data from an experiment. I have a set of measurements that include the uncertainties of measurement. If I calculate the mean for the set (and thus the standard deviation) do I need to include the uncertainties when doing this calculation?
     
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  3. Aug 6, 2009 #2

    EnumaElish

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    No, you do not want to include the measurement errors, as long as these are random errors.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2009 #3
    Why not?
     
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