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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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### Averaging standard deviations of unequal weight?

I'm sorry if the title is unclear, but I'm not sure of the appropriate way to phrase this question. I'm in med school (and sadly not as versed in statistics as I ought to be), and I am trying to use ...
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### I get a different result when I try and calculate the mean-variance formula of risky and riskless asset [closed]

I'm having trouble seeing how the expected return of a two asset portfolio, where the weight of the risk-free asset is positive, but the weight of the risky asset is negative, results in the final ...
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### Construct confidence interval for price per area, from weighted average price for quantity, and weighted average quantity per area

I have function for obtaining the weighted mean for price per quantity, where $p$ is price, and $w$ is the weight, for some product $i$. $$\bar p_a = \sum p_{i} w_{i}$$ and a quantity per area, ...
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### How should I determine an average from a set of averages

I have a set of lines. I measure their length each 5 times, and then take the mean of their lengths (as I measure them). I also take the standard deviation. I want to know the 'average' line length. ...
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### Aggregating Standard Errors for Predicted Probability Estimates

I obtain predicted values from a logistic regression for a certain outcome (e.g., mortality) at the hospital level – the data is at the patient level – and need to compute the average across hospitals....
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### Exponentially Weighing Moving Average (EWMA) for weekly data

I'm aware that the typical EWMA approach is applied over larger time periods (say for Volatility, where lambda = 94% and all weights add up to 100% for stock returns data from last 5 years). ...
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### Weighted variance of the weighted variance in frequency transition matrix?

Assume I have a $m\times n$ Transition Matrix $A$ with $m$ different observations and $n$ represents a discrete state space. Each column counts the frequency that state $j\in [1...n]$ was visited from ...
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### Inverse-variance weighting

I'm writing a Bachelor Thesis in engineering an a small part of it has two deal with assigning weights to independent measurements. This is from the thesis: I am pretty sure that what equations (3....
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### Estimating costs with extreme values

I am trying to estimate health care costs and I was wondering what the standard practice is for extreme values? By extreme values I mean I have a large portion of my costs being zero and a small ...
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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 age-...
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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 meta-...
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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 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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### Weighted average of measurements with unequal errors

Suppose I have the numbers below. Consider them as results of some measurement. 22.73 +2.15 -1.81 23.81 +1.77 -1.54 28.6 +11.4 -6.4 29.59 +8.58 -5.43 ...
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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, $m<n$....
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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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### 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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### 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 ...
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: \text{Var}(X):=\frac{1}{n-1}...