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What is a Boxcar Average ?

  1. Oct 30, 2008 #1
    What is a "Boxcar Average"?

    Hi, i'm Brand new to the Forums. I'm not sure this is the right forum. This may belong more under "experimental techniques" What is a "Boxcar Average"? I've seen it as both a mathematical function in some languages, and as a setting on my lock-in Amplifier. I think it may automatically throw out data points that are extremely far from your other data values.
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  3. Oct 30, 2008 #2
    Re: What is a "Boxcar Average"?

    Think I figured it out. It takes a 1D array of data and averages the last n data points to level out any wierd data. Is this right?
  4. Oct 30, 2008 #3

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    Re: What is a "Boxcar Average"?

    Yes. It's a rather simple and rather lousy filtering mechanism.
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