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Population Variance vs Sample Variance [duplicate]

I'm particularly interested why N appears in the denominator for the formula of population variance, but (n-1) appears in the denominator for the sample variance, where N is the total number of ...
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The derivation of standard deviation [duplicate]

So, if there are $N$ data points in my sample space of any randomly distributed variable $X$. The standard deviation, $\sigma$, (from my understanding) is the root mean squared of the error (from the ...
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Intuition behind Besel's correction for an unbiased estimate of the variance [duplicate]

We have two estimators for samples dispersion: $\frac{1}{n}\sum_1^n (X_i - \overline{X_n})^2$ and $\frac{1}{n - 1}\sum_1^n (X_i - \overline{X_n})^2$. The second estimator unbiased - it has ...
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Intuitive explanation for dividing by $n-1$ when calculating standard deviation?

I was asked today in class why you divide the sum of square error by $n-1$ instead of with $n$, when calculating the standard deviation. I said I am not going to answer it in class (since I didn't ...
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Why is sample standard deviation a biased estimator of $\sigma$?

According to the Wikipedia article on unbiased estimation of standard deviation the sample SD $$s = \sqrt{\frac{1}{n-1} \sum_{i=1}^n (x_i - \overline{x})^2}$$ is a biased estimator of the SD of the ...
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Why is binomial variance calculated as $p(1-p) / (n -1)$?

I had to translate several given statistics equations into code, and I came across this formula: Variance of a simple random sample $= \frac{p(1-p)}{n-1}$ The sample in question are test letters ...
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What is the difference between Mean Squared Deviation and Variance?

I am doing some tutoring for an AS-Level maths student and unfortunately for me they are doing statistics. This is not my strong point, mainly from the point of view of remembering all of the ...
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why sample variance has has n-1 in the denominator? [duplicate]

Sample variance is calculated according to: $s^2=\frac{\sum{(x-\bar{x})^2}}{n-1}$ Population variance is calculated according to: $\sigma^2=\frac{\sum{(x-\mu)^2}}{n}$ Why denominator for sample ...
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Cramer-Rao Lower Bound

Let $X_1,..,X_n$ be an iid sample of $N(0,\sigma^2)$. Find an unbiased estimator of $\sigma^2$ and its lower bound. I found that $$\hat{\sigma}^2 = \sum_{i=1}^{n} X_i^2$$ is an unbiased estimator ...
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wrong variance shown in R

when i am trying to find a variance of a sample (10,20,30) in R with below command var(c(10,20,30)) it's showing 100. I believe it should be 66.66667
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Covariance Matrix vs. Pairwise Covariance Matrix?

I found this equation here to calculate a covariance matrix of any number of variables using matrix algebra. $$\frac1{N} (X - 1\bar{x})^T(X - 1\bar{x}^T) $$ For a given matrix $X$ with $N$ samples. ...
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Is my work correct (easy problem, confidence intervals)

The r.v. $X$ represents the time taken by a computer in company $1$ in order to perform a certain job, and $Y$ represents the same thing but for company $2$. A sample of $n_X = 12$ computers are taken ...