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## Homework Statement

I am analysing intensities of some pictures. There are specific regions of higher intensities and so far i have managed to locate those regions automatically in Mathematica and the program returns the average intensity and standard deviation on this regions ("circles"), so I can also determine the number of circles.

## Homework Equations

I would like to calculate the average intensity of the whole picture and its uncertainty. How can I make this, using mean values of intensity and their deviations (uncertainties)?

## The Attempt at a Solution

To get the average value of the whole picture, I of course use the formula for average on my measured mean intensities:

[tex]x_{avg}=\frac{1}{N}\sum_i x_i\,.[/tex]

But what about the error? One way would be to calculate standard deviations of these mean intensities regarding the calculated "mean of the mean", using a standard formula for std.dev.:

[tex]\sigma=\sqrt{\frac{1}{N}\sum_i(x_i-x_{avg })^2}[/tex]

If this is correct, should it be N-1 in the denominator? And for error i use [tex]\Delta x=\sigma/\sqrt{N}[/tex]?

But that does not anyhow include the uncertainties of my measurements that I already have (and I also don't think it's ok as my circles are not of equal size). I believe that the uncertainties should be used somehow-? But the "average" of those uncertainties doesn't seem to be the right way.

Please help.

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