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what is Std Dev?
Dinesh Kakadiya Posts: 5
6/25/2011

Std Dev = The page response time standard deviation how this std dev calculated ?


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Vadim @StresStimulus Administrator Posts: 583
6/25/2011

Dinesh, In short, Std Dev show how dispersed are the page responce times on multiple iterations. Below I pasted parts of Wikipedia article that explains Std Dev. Standard deviation From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Standard deviation is a widely used measurement of variability or diversity used in statistics and probability theory. It shows how much variation or "dispersion" there is from the average (mean, or expected value). A low standard deviation indicates that the data points tend to be very close to the mean, whereas high standard deviation indicates that the data are spread out over a large range of values. .................................................................... Basic examples Consider a population consisting of the following eight values:
These eight data points have the mean (average) of 5:
To calculate the population standard deviation, first compute the difference of each data point from the mean, and square the result of each:
Next compute the average of these values, and take the square root:
This quantity is the population standard deviation; it is equal to the square root of the variance .................................................................... One can find the standard deviation of an entire population in cases (such as standardized testing) where every member of a population is sampled. In cases where that cannot be done, the standard deviation s is estimated by examining a random sample taken from the population. Some estimators are given below: With standard deviation of the sample An estimator for s sometimes used is the standard deviation of the sample, denoted by sN and defined as follows:
This estimator has a uniformly smaller mean squared error than the sample standard deviation (see below), and is the maximumlikelihood estimate when the population is normally distributed. But this estimator, when applied to a small or moderately sized sample, tends to be too low: it is a biased estimator. The standard deviation of the sample is the same as the population standard deviation of a discrete random variable that can assume precisely the values from the dataset, where the probability for each value is proportional to its multiplicity in the dataset.


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