To calculate the variance, you first subtract the mean from each number and then square the results to find the squared differences.

You then find the average of those squared differences.

The result is the variance.

The standard deviation is a measure of how spread out the numbers in a distribution are.

## What is the formula for variance and standard deviation?

The variance (symbolized by S2) and standard deviation (the square root of the variance, symbolized by S) are the most commonly used measures of spread. We know that variance is a measure of how spread out a data set is. It is calculated as the average squared deviation of each number from the mean of a data set.

## How do I calculate the variance?

To calculate variance, start by calculating the mean, or average, of your sample. Then, subtract the mean from each data point, and square the differences. Next, add up all of the squared differences. Finally, divide the sum by n minus 1, where n equals the total number of data points in your sample.

## Is variance standard deviation squared?

6 Answers. The standard deviation is the square root of the variance. The standard deviation is expressed in the same units as the mean is, whereas the variance is expressed in squared units, but for looking at a distribution, you can use either just so long as you are clear about what you are using.

## What is variance in statistics?

In probability theory and statistics, variance is the expectation of the squared deviation of a random variable from its mean. Informally, it measures how far a set of (random) numbers are spread out from their average value.