A weighted mean (or weighted average) is like an ordinary mean, but the observations don't contribute equally - more emphasis is placed on some data values than others; they are weighted by a bigger or smaller amount than 1/n.

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Weighting on tables

I have a question about terminology. Suppose I have data categorized by three factors A, B, and C, with cell means $\bar{y}_{ijk}$ and cell frequencies $n_{ijk}$, where $i$, $j$, and $k$ index A, B, ...
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Appropriate weighting for averages

What is the appropriate (or the advantages of disadvantages for each) measure for weighting mortality rates across countries: total population or total number of deaths? For example, if you have ...
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Calculating and comparing weighted means with changing number of daily values

I have daily data where the number of values changes with each day. I would like to calculate the weighted mean of this data, where days with more values are weighted higher than days with less. ...
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Compare Log-Normal Distributions

I am looking at distributions for the fuel consumption of vehicles in the US and I have two sets of data: Data Set 1 - This is a dataset for the fuel consumption of all vehicles made available for ...
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Estimating an overall summary statistic (mean) for a value reported by ten published studies

Background I am writing a systematic review and meta-analysis of the association of exposure to X with the outcome Y. I have identified ten studies that report on this subject. This will be a ...
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How to compare subjects with different weights?

I have a collection of products that could be rated as good or bad. Every product has a grade, that is the sum of "good" votes minus the sum of "bad" votes. These products are also split into two ...
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Computationally cheap estimation of the mode from 2D samples

I say 'mode' in the title – perhaps there's something more appropriate I can find. Here's my problem: A person is in a $100\mathrm m$ by $500\mathrm m$ space. I have about 100 samples randomly ...
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How do I determine the significance of a difference in weighted averages from a Likert-type survey question?

I have multiple survey questions that give respondents 4 Likert-type options for a response to qualify their knowledge/skill in a particular area. I have calculated a weighted average (and divided by ...
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Number of occurrences gives higher weights

I have this algorithm that I'm implementing that I need to change to give it a better accuracy. To give you an idea of the problem, I have a a bunch of lists that contain items and all items in these ...
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How to calculate the weighted mean?

For example assume I have three observations as given in matrix A $A = \left[ \begin{array}{ccc} 1 & 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 1 \\ \end{array} \right]$ each row vector ...
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Paired test: many repetitions, few subjects

I have a situation similar to this: 9 normal-sighted subjects are each tested under two conditions: say, with and without spectacles (of a fixed power) and asked to reach towards an object many times ...
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Weighted average of measurements with unequal errors

Suppose I have the numbers below. Consider them as results of some measurement. ...
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Standard deviations and confidence intervals (weighted) running average

My question is related to this one. I am calculating averages, actually as many as I have samples because I calculate a running average, and for equal weighting I know how to calculate the $95\%$ CI, ...
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Weighted Standard Deviation vs. Weighted Regression Standard Error

This is an R question. I have $n$ observations of the variable $y$, with each observation, $i$, weighted by $w(i)$. Each $w(i)$ weight falls between zero and 1, with the sum of the weights, ...
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how to use global weights to update local ones

I have a population of data points. Each data point expresses a different name. Each such name belongs to a different ethnicity, say {A, B, C, D, E}, with a probability. The sum of probabilities for a ...
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Average difference in averages and t-test

I'm currently working with some individual level data and have run up against a wall in figuring out the best way to analyse it. Let me describe: We have a sample of N=9000 Physicians. For each ...
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Calculate scores for users with varying activity

I have a web application which allows users to take questions. Ultimately I store the following data: 1) Questions attempted by each user 2) Questions correct by each user 3) Avg. Time per user for ...
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How to use global weights when normalizing a mean value?

This is a very silly question, however, it confuses me a lot! Let's suppose that each observation consists of the prob of $A$ and the prob of $B$, with values $1/2$ and $1/2$ respectively. Also, ...
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Aggregating based on inverse probability weight

I have a data set that includes life quality indices for many cities. I want to aggregate the indices to the metropolitan level. Since some cities in each metro area are missing, the data set provides ...
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How do I determine the appropriate “weight” of a point in fantasy basketball?

For fantasy basketball, I want to quantify a player's output based on his Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, 3s, and Blocks production. Let's pretend that over the course of an imaginary basketball ...
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League table with weighted result

I have a simple set of data indicating completion rates that I want to present as a ranked/league table. The data available is that for every visit of a person, a plan document should be completed by ...
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Degrees of freedom for a weighted average

And yet another for the long list of degrees-of-freedom questions! Given an i.i.d. sample $x_1,..., x_n$ from an arbitrary real-valued distribution with expectation $\mu$, the sample mean can be ...
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Using the eigenvalues from PCA in k-nearest-neighbours

I'm quite new to this StackExchange, only been a lurker till now, but my StackOverflow fellows have said you'd be the best people to ask about this. Anyway, enough introduction. I'm using the ...
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Averaging across independent strata: confidence interval

I've $k$ independent strata, with populations $n_1,\dots,n_k$, and have estimated the mean in each stratum $\bar{x_1}, \dots \bar{x_k}$ and obtained the standard errors $se_1,\dots,se_k$ (using STATA ...
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Comparing two lists to measure for similarity

The problem I am trying to solve is finding the probability that two people are the same by cross-referencing the associates of the two people. For example, if person A is associated with the ...
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How to bootstrap confidence of a weighted measure?

I have a large data set of 20M observations with 20+ measures for each observation (people). Additionally I have a set of weights that reflect the racial population where each person lives. For ...
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Weighted standard deviation of average

For two groups (a and b) with unequal numbers of observations (n=10 and n=30), I have given their means and sd. Calculating the weighted mean is pretty straight forward. But how can I derive the sd of ...
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Standard error of a weighted mean when observations are not independent

I have a situation where I have a bunch of noisy observations with known (and normal) sampling error and a non-trivial co-variance structure between the observations. In an uncorrelated setting, I'd ...
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Estimate the parameters of an ellipse in the presence of large outliers

I have a number of points $x_1,\ldots,x_m\in\mathbb{R}^n$ with weights $w_1,\ldots,w_m$ between 0 and 1. There is an ellipse which contains a very high concentration of points with weights close to ...
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How to compute weighted means and SDs?

I want to calculate volume weighted average price and standard deviation for the following dataset: ...
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Confusion regarding weighted average

This is a pretty simple question and I'm wondering how to go about finding a solution. I have the following data. ...
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Given weighted mean and raw data, derive weights to minimize error

Imagine I have a set of data from an experiment: Observed Measurement 1: 5 Observed Measurement 2: 6 Observed Measurement 3: 7 Observed Measurement 4: 8 Observed Measurement 5: 9 I have a target ...
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Weighted Variance, one more time

Unbiased weighted variance was already addressed here and elsewhere but there still seems to be a surprising amount of confusion. There appears to be a consensus toward the formula presented in the ...
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Best fit of weighted mean?

The title might be somewhat misleading. I am trying to solve the following optimization problem and do not find any clues. Can any one help? I have a sequence of $n$ observation $s_i$. Each ...
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Is there a more elegent solution for exponentially weighted-mean in R? [closed]

OK so I have a working code to do what I want but I am new to R and feel like my solution is very clunky and there is likely a more efficient way to get the same result. I have a set of data that ...
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Computing lowess mean value

I am trying to reimplement the lowess algorithm in java. I read the matlab page explaining lowess with the following steps: Compute the regression weights for each data point in the span. A ...
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How does a Daniell kernel differ from a two sided average?

As far as I can understand, the Daniell kernel, is simply $K(j/M)=\frac{1}{2M+1}1(|j|\leq M)$. Namely, this is a two sided average. Why do people call this an untruncated kernel and differentiate ...
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Always get confused by “probabilities and weighted probabilities” type of questions as cant differentiate between two

Urn 1 contains 5 white balls and 7 black balls. Urn 2 contains 3 whites and 12 black. A fair coin is flipped; if it is Heads, a ball is drawn from Urn 1, and if it is Tails, a ball is drawn from Urn ...
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Bias correction in weighted variance

For unweighted variance $$\text{Var}(X):=\frac{1}{n}\sum_i(x_i - \mu)^2$$ there exists the bias corrected sample variance, when the mean was estimated from the same data: ...
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Optimize Weights used in a Weighted Average

I want to calculate a weighted average, mostly for illustration purposes. However, I have an outcome variable that is Y/N and would like to optimize the weights relative to this outcome. What are ...
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Voting system that uses confidence for each voter

Let's say, we have simple "yes/no" question that we want to know answer to. And there are N people "voting" for correct answer. Every voter has a history - list of 1's and 0's, showing whether they ...
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A simpler way to calculate Exponentially Weighted Moving Average?

Proposed Method: Given a time series $x_i$, I want to compute a weighted moving average with an averaging window of $N$ points, where the weightings favour more recent values over older values. In ...
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Handling missing attributes when using weighted average

I was trying this optimization where I have some predictors and I want to predict the real value using weighted average of the predictors. What I am trying to do is given the predictors' prediction ...
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How to relate raw scores on five-point Likert to three conceptual categories?

My thesis is on employee productivity and I had a questionnaire which consists of a five-point Likert scale (5-strongly agree, 4-agree, 3-agree, 2-disagree, and 1-strongly disagree). On the other ...
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How do I calculate the ranking of some galleries based on the rankings of the artists represented by them?

The mean is not good in this case, because there are galleries that have an artist with a high rank and several other artists with way lower ranks. I'm thinking about doing a weighted mean, but I ...
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Weighted harmonic mean vs weighted geometric mean [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Weighted geometric mean vs Weighted mean I searched for the differences between WHM and WGM. When to use each of them? when not?
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Weighted geometric mean vs weighted mean

I have a set of data, each element has a weight. I need to estimate the mean of this data. I found that there are two ways: A weighted geometric mean and a weighted mean. When should I use each of ...
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Error on weighted mean

I have some measured datapoints. Each of the points has attached an error, depending on how precise the measurement was done. Now I'm using the squared weighted mean with the inverse of the errors as ...
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Hypothesis test for difference between domain means with weighted data

I have a large dataset that is weighted due to: probability proportional to size sampling, & disproportionate stratification. I would like to compare the means for two different domains ...
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Estimated Treatment Effect in the full sample is not between the estimates of the stratified samples?

I am estimating the relationship between students' math scores and using a supplemental math software. I've adjusted for some demographic variables in the model. In my first model, I use the full ...