7.1.5 Mean Deviation

7.1.5 Mean Deviation

If xi/fi, I = 1,2, …..n is the frequency distribution, then mean deviation from the average A (usually mean, median or mode) is given by

Mean deviation = hj

Where jkrepresents the modulus or the absolute value of the deviation (xi – A), when the –ve sign is ignored.

Since mean deviation is based on all the observations, it is a better measure of dispersion than range or quartile deviation. But the step of ignoring the signs of the deviation (xi-A) creates artificiality and renders it useless for further mathematical treatment.

It may be pointed out here that mean deviation is least when taken from median.

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