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I have a couple questions I answer for home work could some look atthem and tell me If I am doing them right I also am having problems understanding the variance and standard deviation are the site you can suggest that would help with this I need a step by step help
11. For the following scores, find the (a) mean,
Usually the best measure of central tendency is the ordinary average, the sum of all
the scores divided by the number of scores. In statistics, this is called the mean. The
average, or mean, of a group of scores is a representative value.
2+ 2 +0 + 5 + 1+ 4+ 1+ 3+ 0+ 0+ 1+ 4+ 4+ 0+ 1+ 4+ 3+ 4+ 2+ 1+ 0= 42
42/21=2
(b) median, Another alternative to the mean is the median. If you line up all the scores from
lowest to highest, the middle score is the median.
0 ,0,0,0,0, 1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,3,3,4,4,4,4,4,5
Median 2
(c) sum of squared deviations,
0x0=0, 1x1=1, 2x2=4,3x3=9, 4x4=16, 5x5=25
0+0+0+0+0+1+1+1+1+1+4+4+4+9+9+16+16+16+16+16+25= 140
(d) variance
(e) standard deviation:
14.
On a standard measure of hearing ability, the mean is 300 and the standard deviation
is 20. Give the Z scores for persons who score
(a) 340
z=(340300)/(20)
z=(40)/(20)
z=2
(b) 310
z=(310300)/(20)
z=(10)/(20)
z=(1)/(2)
(c)260.
z=(260300)/(20)
z=(40)/(20)
z=(40)/(20)
z=2
Give the raw scores for persons whose Z scores on this test are
(d) 2.4
2.4*20+300=x
x=2.4*20+300
x=48+300
x=348
(e)1.5
1.5*20+300=x
x=1.5*20+300
x=30+300
x=330
(f) 0
0*20+300=x
x=0*20+300
x=0+300
x=300
(g) 4.5.
4.5*20+300=x
x=4.5*20+300
x=90+300
x=210
any help would be appreciated
Thank you

Statistics 
Reiny,
about c)
the variance is the sum of the squares of the deviations from the mean.
Since most of you data values hover around 05, it is hard to tell whether you squared the differences or the actual data values.
I see a 5x5, so it appears that you simply squared the data values.
take each data value, subtract it from the mean, then square it.
now add these up, they should all be positive, and divide by 21
That is your variance.
the standard deviation is the square root of that variance.
I don't know at what level of sophistication your study of statistic is, but there is a difference in how the variance and standard deviations are calculated.
If you "google" variation and standard deviation, most pages will explain that difference
Here is a page that gives a short explanation
http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/coursenotes/analsci/StatsTutorial/MeasMeanVar.html
Your last question shows up as imcomplete.
A Z score is found by:
(your score  mean)/standard deviation
so suppose one of your values is 350, then the zscore for that data value would be (350  300)/20 or 2.5 
Statistics 
Anonymous,
For the following scores, find the (a) mean, (b) median, (c) sum of squared deviations, (d) variance, and (e) standard deviation:
3.0, 3.4, 2.6, 3.3, 3.5, 3.2 
Statistics 
Donna,
A psychologist interested in political behavior measured the square footage of the desks in the official office of four U.S. governors and of four chief executive officers (CEOs) of major U.S. corporations. The figures for the governors were 44, 36, 52, and 40 square feet. The figures for the CEOs were 32, 60, 48, and 36 square feet. (a) Figure the means and standard deviations for the governors and for the CEOs. (b) Explain, to a person who has never had a course in statistics, what you have done. (c) Note the ways in which the means and standard deviations differ, and speculate on the possible meaning of these differences, presuming that they are representative of U.S. governors and large corporationsâ€™ CEOs in general.