The standard deviation alone does not measure relative variation For
The standard deviation alone does not measure relative variation. For example, a standard deviation of \$1 would be considered large if it is describing the variability from store to store in the price of an ice cube tray. On the other hand, a standard deviation of \$1 would be considered small if it is describing store-to-store variability in the price of a particular brand of freezer. A quantity designed to give a relative measure of variability is the coefficient of variation. Denoted by CV, the coefficient of variation expresses the standard deviation as a percentage of the mean. It is de fined by the formula CV = 100as x b. Consider two samples. Sample 1 gives the actual weight (in ounces) of the contents of cans of pet food labeled as having a net weight of 8 ounces. Sample 2 gives the actual weight (in pounds) of the contents of bags of dry pet food labeled as having a net weight of 50 pounds. The weights for the two samples are
a. For each of the given samples, calculate the mean and the standard deviation.
b. Compute the coefficient of variation for each sample. Do the results surprise you? Why or why not?
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