Chapter 16 :
Measures of Dispersion.
Introduction
If we analyse two or more observations the central value may be the same but still there can be wide disparities in the formation of the distribution. For example, the AM of 2, 5 and 8 is 5; AM of 4, 5 and 6 is 5; AM of 1, 2 and 12 is 5; AM of 0, 1 and 14 is 5. Measures of dispersion will help us in understanding the important characteristics of a distribution.This is explained with the help of another example.
Runs scored by three batsmen in a series of 5 one day matches are as given below:
Table 6.1 Cricket Scores  

Days  Batsman 1  Batsman 2  Batsman 3 
1  100  70  0 
2  100  80  0 
3  100  100  300 
4  100  120  180 
5  100  130  20 
Total  500  500  500 
Mean  100  100  100 
Now it is quite obvious that averages try to tell only the representative size of a distribution. To understand it better, we need to know the spread of various items also. So in order to express the data correctly, it becomes necessary to describe the deviation of the observations from the central value. This deviation of itemsfrom the central value is called dispersion.
” The degree to which numerical data tend to spread about an average value is called the variation or dispersion of the data.” – Spiegel
The word dispersion means deviation or difference. In statistics, dispersion refers to deviation of various items of the series from its central value. Dispersion is the degree to which a numerical data tend to spread about an average value. Measure of dispersion is the method of measuring the dispersion or deviation of the different values from a designated value of the series. These measure, are also called averages of second order as they are averages of deviation taken from an average.
Objects of measuring variation
Measures of dispersion are useful in following respects:
 To test the reliability of an average: Measures of dispersion enable us to know whether an average is really representative of the series. If the variability in the values of various items in a series is large the average is not so typical. On the other hand, if the variability is small, the average would be a representative value.
 To serve as a basis for the control of the variability: A study of dispersion helps in identifying the causes of variability and in taking remedial measures.
 To compare the variability of two or more series: We can compare the variability of two or more series by calculating relative measures of dispersion. The higher the degree of variability the lesser is the consistency or uniformity and vice versa.
 To serve as a basis for further statistical analysis: Many powerful analytical tools in statistics such as correlation, regression, testing of hypothesis, analysis of fluctuations in time series, techniques of production control, cost control, etc., are based on measures of dispersion.
Methods of studying Dispersion
The following are the important methods:
 Range
 Quartile Deviation
 Mean Deviation
 Standard Deviation
 Lorenz Curve
Absolute and Relative Measures of Dispersion
Absolute measures of dispersion are expressed in the same statistical unit in which the original data are given. In case two sets of data are expressed in different units, absolute measures of dispersion are not comparable. In such cases, relative measures are used.A measure of relative dispersion is the ratio of measure of absolute dispersion to an appropriate average. It is also called coefficient of dispersion, as it is independent of the unit.
Range
Range is the simplest method of studying dispersion. It is the difference between the highest and the lowest values in a series.$$ Range = L – S $$
where L= largest item; S = smallest item.
The relative measure corresponding to range, called the coefficient of range is obtained by applying the following formula:
$$ Coefficient \,of \,Range \,= \,{{\frac{L – S }{L + S}}} $$
Individual Series
Table 6.2  

Year  Profit (in 000 Rs) 
1985  40 
1986  30 
1987  80 
1988  100 
1989  115 
1990  85 
1991  210 
1992  230 
Here L = 230; S = 30.
Range = 230 – 30 = 200
$$ Coefficient \,of \,Range \,= \,{{\frac{L – S }{L + S}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{230 – 30 }{230 + 30}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{200 }{260}}} $$ $$ = \,{{0.77}} $$
Discrete Series
Table 6.3  

Size  Frequency 
5  7 
10  8 
15  12 
20  16 
25  21 
30  17 
35  12 
40  4 
$$ Range = L – S $$
Here L = 40; S = 5.
Range = 40 – 5 = 35
$$ Coefficient \,of \,Range \,= \,{{\frac{L – S }{L + S}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{40 – 5 }{40 + 5}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{35}{45}}} $$ $$ = \,{{0.78}} $$
Continuous Series
For continuous series, range is calculated either by subtracting the lower limit of the lowest class from the upper limit of the highest class or by subtracting the midvalue of the lowest class from the midvalue of the highest class.
Table 6.4  

Daily Wage  Number of Workers 
80 – 100  12 
100 – 120  18 
120 – 140  24 
140 – 160  27 
160 – 180  32 
180 – 200  20 
Here L = 200; S = 80.
Range = 200 – 80 = 120
$$ Coefficient \,of \,Range \,= \,{{\frac{L – S }{L + S}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{200 – 80 }{200 + 80}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{120}{280}}} $$ $$ = \,{{0.43}} $$
Table 6.5  

Class midpoints  Frequency 
2  3 
5  5 
8  6 
11  8 
14  6 
17  4 
20  1 
Here L = 20; S = 2.
Range = 20 – 2 = 18
$$ Coefficient \,of \,Range \,= \,{{\frac{L – S }{L + S}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{20 – 2 }{20 + 2}}} $$ $$ = \,{{\frac{18}{22}}} $$ $$ = \,{{0.82}} $$
MERITS OF RANGE
 Easy to compute.
 It gives the maximum spread of data.
 Easy to understand.
DEMERITS OF RANGE
 It is affected greatly by sampling fluctuations.
 It is not based on all the observations.
 It cannot be used in case of openend distribution.
Quartile Deviation
We have seen that range is the simplest to understand and easiest to compute. But range as a measure of dispersion has certain limitations. The presence of even one extreme item (high or low) in a distribution can reduce the utility of range as a measure of dispersion. Since it is based on two extreme items (highest and lowest) it fails to take into account the scatter within the range. Hence we need a measure of dispersion to overcome these limitations of range. Such a measure of dispersion is called quartile deviation. In the previous chapter we studied quartiles. Quartiles are those values which divide the series into four equal parts. Hence we have three quartilesQ_{1}, Q_{2}, and Q_{3}. Q_{1} is the lower quartile wherein \( { \frac{{1}}{{4}}} \)^{th} of the total observations lie below it and \( { \frac{{3}}{{4}}} \)^{th} above it. Q_{2} is same as median which divides the series into two equal parts. Q_{3} is the upper quartile, \( { \frac{{3}}{{4}}} \)^{th} of the value falls below it and \( { \frac{{1}}{{4}}} \)^{th} above.We have already studied the value of Q_{1} and Q_{3} for individual, discrete and continuous series, hence not repeated.
Upper and lower quartile ( Q_{1} and Q_{3} ) are used to calculate interquartile range.
$$ \mathbf {Interquartile\, range \,= Q_3\,\,Q_1} $$ Half of interquartile range is called quartile deviation.
Quartile deviation (semi interquartile range) is defined as half the distance between the third and first quartiles.
Quartile Deviation and inter quartile range are absolute measures of dispersion. The relative measure is coefficient of Quartile Deviation (Q.D)
Individual Series
STEPS:

Arrange the data in ascending order.

Q_{1} = Size of \( \Biggl[{{{\frac{N+1}{4}} }}\Biggl]^{th} \) item.

Q_{3} = Size of \( 3\Biggl[{{{\frac{N+1}{4}} }}\Biggl]^{th} \) item.

Interquartile range = Q_{3} – Q_{1}.

Q.D = \( {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }} \).

Coefficient of Q.D = \( {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }} \).
Table 6.6  

Roll No.  Marks 
1  20 
2  28 
3  40 
4  12 
5  30 
6  15 
7  50 
12, 15, 20, 28, 30, 40. 50
$$ Q_1 \,= \,Size \,of\,\Biggl[{{\frac{N + 1 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ = \,Size \,of\,\Biggl[{{\frac{7 + 1 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ = 2^{nd}\,item$$ Size of 2^{nd} item is 15. Thus Q_{1} = 15
$$ Q_3 \,= \,Size \,of\,3\Biggl[{{\frac{N + 1 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ Q_3 \,= \,Size \,of\,3\Biggl[{{\frac{7 + 1 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ = Size\, of\, 6^{th}\,item$$ Size of 6^{th} item = 40; Q_{3} = 40.
$$Q.D \,=\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \,{{{\frac{40 – 15}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \,{{{\frac{25}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \, 12.5 $$ $$Coefficient \,of \,Q.D \,=\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }} $$ $$=\, {{{\frac{40 – 15}{40 + 15}} }} $$ $$=\, {{{\frac{25}{55}} }} $$ $$ = \, 0.455 $$
Discrete Series
STEPS:

Arrange the data in ascending order.

Find out cumulative frequency.

Q_{1} = Size of \( \Biggl[{{{\frac{N+1}{4}} }}\Biggl]^{th} \) item.

Q_{3} = Size of \( 3\Biggl[{{{\frac{N+1}{4}} }}\Biggl]^{th} \) item.

Q.D = \( {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }} \).

Interquartile range = Q_{3} – Q_{1}.

Coefficient of Q.D = \( {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }} \).
Table 6.7  

Marks  No. of Students 
10  4 
20  7 
30  15 
40  8 
50  7 
60  2 
Table 6.8  

Marks  No. of Students  C.F 
10  4  4 
20  7  11 
30  15  26 
40  8  34 
50  7  41 
60  2  43 
$$ Q_3 \,= \,Size \,of\,3\Biggl[{{\frac{N + 1 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ = \,Size \,of\,3\Biggl[{{\frac{43 + 1 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ = \,Size \,of\Biggl[{{\frac{3 × 44 }{4}}}\Biggl]^{th} item $$ $$ = Size\, of\, 33^{rd}\,item$$ Size of 33^{rd} item = 40; Q_{3} = 40.
$$ Interquartile \,range \,=\, Q_3\, – \,Q_1 $$ $$ =\, 40\, – \,20 $$ $$ =\,20 $$ $$ Q.D \,=\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \,{{{\frac{40 – 20}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \,{{{\frac{20}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \, 10 $$ $$ Coefficient \,of \,Q.D \,=\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }} $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{40 – 20}{40 + 20}} }} $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{20}{60}} }} $$ $$ = \, 0.333 $$
Continuous Series
STEPS:

Find out cumulative frequency.

Find Q_{1} and Q_{3} classes as follows.
\( Q_1\,=\,Size\,of\,{{{\frac{N}{4}} }}^{th} item \)
\( Q_1 \,= \,{ L + \frac{\frac{N}{4} – {cf}}{f} × h} \)
\( Q_3\,=\,Size\,of\,{{{\frac{3N}{4}} }}^{th} item \)
\( Q_3 \,= \,{ L + \frac{\frac{3N}{4} – {cf}}{f} × h} \)

Interquartile range = Q_{3} – Q_{1}.

Q.D = \( {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }} \).

Coefficient of Q.D = \( {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }} \).
Table 6.9  

Wages (₹)  No. of Workers 
20 – 25  2 
25 – 30  10 
30 – 35  25 
35 – 40  16 
40 – 45  7 
Table 6.10  

Wages (₹)  No. of Workers  C.F 
20 – 25  2  2 
25 – 30  10  12 
30 – 35  25  37 
35 – 40  16  53 
40 – 45  7  60 
N = 60 
$$ Q_1 \,= \,{ L + \frac{\frac{N}{4} – {cf}}{f} × h} $$ L = 30;
\( {\frac{N}{4}} \) = 15;
CF = 12;
f = 25;
h = 5
$$ Q_1 \,= \,{ 30 + \frac{{15} – {12}}{25} × 5} $$ $$ =\, 30 \,+\,0.6 $$ $$ =\,30.6 $$ $$ Q_3\,=\,Size\,of\,{{{\frac{3N}{4}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\,{{{\frac{3 × 60}{4}} }} $$ $$ =\,{{{\frac{180}{4}} }} $$ $$ =\,45^{th} item $$ Q_{3} lies in the class 35 – 40
$$ Q_3 \,= \,{ L + \frac{\frac{3N}{4} – {cf}}{f} × h} $$ L = 35;
\( {\frac{3N}{4}} \) = 45;
CF = 37;
f = 16;
h = 5
$$ Q_3 \,= \,{ 35 + \frac{{45} – {37}}{16} × 5} $$ $$ =\, 35 \,+\,2.5 $$ $$ =\, 37.5 $$ $$ Interquartile \,range \,=\, Q_3\, – \,Q_1 $$ $$ =\, 37.5\, – \,30.6 $$ $$ =\,6.9 $$ $$ Q.D \,=\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \,{{{\frac{37.5 – 30.6}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \,{{{\frac{6.9}{2}} }} $$ $$ = \, 3.45 $$ $$ Coefficient \,of \,Q.D \,=\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }} $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{37.5 – 30.6}{37.5 + 30.6}} }} $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{6.9}{68.1}} }} $$ $$ = \, 0.101 $$
MERITS OF QUARTILE DEVIATION
 It is easily computed and readily understood.
 It is not affected by extreme items.
 It can be computed even for an open end distribution.
 It is superior and more reliable than the range.
DEMERITS OF QUARTILE DEVIATION
 It is not based on all the items in a series.
 It is not based on all the observations.
 It is not capable of further algebraic treatment.
 It does not indicate variation of items from the average.
 Its value is very much affected by sampling fluctuations.
Mean Deviation
Even though Range and Quartile Deviation give an idea about the spread of individual items of a series, they do not try to calculate their dispersion from its average. If the variations of items were calculated from the average, such a measure of dispersion would through light on the formation of the series and the spread of items round the central value. Mean deviation (M.D) is such a measure of dispersion.Mean deviation of a series is the arithmetic average of the deviations of various items from a measure of central tendency. In aggregating the deviations, algebraic signs of the deviations are not taken into account. It is because, if the algebraic signs were taken into account, the sum of deviations from the mean should be zero and that from median is nearly zero. Theoretically the deviations can be taken from any of the three averages, namely, arithmetic mean, median or mode; but, mode is usually not considered as it is less stable. Between mean and median, the latter is supposed to be better because, the sum of the deviations from the median is less than the sum of the deviations from the méan.
While doing problems, if the type of the average is mentioned, we take that average: otherwise we consider mean or median as the case may be.
This measure of dispersion has found favour with economists and business men due to its simplicity in calculation. For forecasting of business cycles, this measure has been found more useful than others. it is also good for small sample studies where elaborate statistical analysis is not needed.
Where D represents deviations from mean or median, ignoring signs, and N the total number of items.
MD is an absolute measure of dispersion. The relative measure of MD is coefficient of MD, defined as:
$$ \mathbf {Coefficient\,of\,MD\,=\,{{{\frac{MD}{Mean}} }}} $$
 It is based on all items
 A change in even one value will affect it
 Value will be least, if we are calculating it from median
 Value will be higher, if calculated from the mean
 Since it ignores signs of deviations, it is not suitable for openend distribution
Mean Deviation from Arithmetic Mean
Individual Series

Find Mean using the equation \( {{{\frac{ΣX}{N}} }} \)

Take deviations of individual values from mean, d (modulus) = (x – X̄), ignoring signs

MD_{X̄} = \( {{{\frac{ΣD}{N}} }} \) (N = number of items)
Table 6.11  

Roll No.  Marks 
1  12 
2  18 
3  23 
4  18 
5  25 
6  15 
7  9 
8  14 
9  6 
10  23 
11  19 
12  10 
Table 6.12  

Roll No.  X (Marks)  D = X – X̄ = X – 16 
1  12  4 
2  18  2 
3  23  7 
4  18  2 
5  25  9 
6  15  1 
7  9  7 
8  14  2 
9  6  10 
10  23  7 
11  19  3 
12  10  6 
N = 12  ΣD = 60 
Discrete Series
STEPS:

Find Mean using the equation \( {{{\frac{ΣfX}{Σf}} }} \)

Take deviations of individual values from mean, d (modulus) = (x – X̄), ignoring signs

Find fd and ΣfD(modulus) = (x – X̄), ignoring signs

MD_{X̄} = \( {{{\frac{ΣfD}{Σf}} }} \)
Table 6.13  

Value  Frequency 
8  2 
13  5 
15  9 
21  14 
24  7 
28  7 
29  4 
30  2 
Table 6.14  

Value  f  fx  D = X – X̄ = X – 21  fD 
8  2  16  13  26 
13  5  65  8  40 
15  9  135  6  54 
21  14  294  0  0 
24  7  168  3  21 
28  7  196  7  49 
29  4  116  8  32 
30  2  60  9  18 
N = 50  ΣfX = 1050  ΣfD = 240 
Continuous Series
In order to calculate MD and its coefficient for continuous series, we use the same method described earlier. Here we the devition from midvalues of classes. That is, we take midpoint as X here.STEPS:

Find Mean using the equation \( {{{\frac{Σfm}{Σf}} }} \)

Take deviations of mid points from mean, d (modulus) = (m – X̄), ignoring signs

Find fd and ΣfD

MD = \( {{{\frac{ΣfD}{Σf}} }} \)
Table 6.15  

Marks  No. of Students 
0 – 10  2 
10 – 20  2 
20 – 30  5 
30 – 40  5 
40 – 50  3 
50 – 60  2 
60 – 70  1 
Table 6.16  

Class  f  X = m  fm  D = m – X̄ = m – 32.5  fD 
010  2  5  10  27.5  55 
1020  2  15  30  17.5  35 
2030  5  25  125  7.5  37.5 
3040  5  35  175  2.5  12.5 
4050  3  45  135  12.5  37.5 
5060  2  55  110  22.5  45 
6070  1  65  65  32.5  32.5 
Σf = 20  Σfm = 650  ΣfD = 255 
Mean Deviation from Median
Individual Series
STEPS:

Arrange the data in ascending order

Compute the median
Median = Size of \( {{{\frac{N + 1}{2}} }}^{th} \) item

Take deviation of individual values from median. i.e., d = X – Median (ignoring signs)
Coefficient of MD = \( {{{\frac{MD}{Median}} }} \)
4000, 4200, 4400, 4600, 4800
$$ Median\, =\, {{{\frac{N + 1}{2}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{5 + 1}{2}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{6}{2}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\, 3^{rd} item $$ $$ =\, 4400 $$
Table 6.17  

Deviation from Median 4400  
Income  D 
4000  400 
4200  200 
4400  0 
4600  200 
4800  400 
N = 5  ΣD = 1200 
Discrete Series
STEPS:

Arrange the data in ascending order

Find out cumulative frequency

Find median; Median = \( \Biggl[{{\frac{N + 1 }{2}}}\Biggl]^{th} item \)

Take deviation of individual values from median. i.e., d = X – Median (ignoring signs)
Coefficient of MD = \( {{{\frac{MD_{Median}}{Median}} }} \)
Table 6.18  

x  f 
2  1 
4  4 
6  6 
8  4 
10  1 
$$ Median\, =\, {{{\frac{N + 1}{2}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{16 + 1}{2}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{17}{2}} }}^{th} item $$ $$ =\, 8.5^{th} item $$ $$ =\, 6 $$ $$ ∴\, Median\,=\, 6 $$
Table 6.19  

x  f  D  fD  cf 
2  1  4  4  1 
4  4  2  8  5 
6  6  0  0  11 
8  4  2  8  15 
10  1  4  4  16 
Continuous Series
STEPS:

Find Median

Median class = Size of \( {{{\frac{N}{2}} }}^{th} item \)

Median = \( { L + \frac{\frac{N}{2} – {cf}}{f} × h} \)

Find out d = x – Median
MD_{Median} = \( {{{\frac{ΣfD}{Σf}} }} \)
Coefficient of MD = \( {{{\frac{MD_{Median}}{Median}} }} \)
Table 6.20  

Age  No. of Person 
0 – 10  6 
10 – 20  9 
20 – 30  20 
30 – 40  5 
40 – 50  10 
Table 6.21  

Class  f  cf  m  D = m – median  fD 
010  6  6  5  20  120 
1020  9  15  15  10  90 
2030  20  35  25  0  0 
3040  5  40  35  10  50 
4050  10  50  45  20  200 
Σf = 50  ΣfD = 460 
$$ Median \,= \,{ L + \frac{\frac{N}{2} – {cf}}{f} × h} $$ $$ = \,{ 20 + \frac{{25} – {15}}{20} × 10} $$ $$ = \,{ 20 \,+ \,5 \,=\, 25} $$ $$ MD_{Median} \,=\, {{{\frac{ΣfD}{Σf}} }} $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{460}{50}} }} $$ $$ =\, 9.2 $$ $$ Coefficient \,of \,MD \,= {{{\frac{MD_{Median}}{Median}} }} $$ $$ =\, {{{\frac{9.2}{25}} }} $$ $$ =\, 0.368 $$
MERITS OF MEAN DEVIATION
 It is rigidily defined.
 The calculation is very simple.
 It is based on all values.
 It is not affected by extreme items.
 It truly represents the average deviations of the items.
 It has practical utilities in the fields of Business and Commerce.
DEMERITS OF MEAN DEVIATION
 The algebraic signs are ignored while taking the deviation of items.
 It is not capable of further algebraic tratment.
 It is not often useful for statistical inference.
 It will not give accurate result when deviations are taken from mode.
 Very much affected by sampling fluctuations.
Standard Deviation
The technique of the calculation of mean deviation is mathematically illogical as in its calculation the algebraic signs are ignored. This drawback is removed in the calculation of standard deviation. One of the easiest ways of doing away with algebraic signs is to square the figures and this process is adopted in the calculation of standard deviation. In the calculation of SD, first the AM is calculated and the deviations of. various items from the AM are squared. The squared deviations are summed up and the sum is divided by the number of items, The positive square root of the number will give SD. That is, SD is the positive square root of the mean of squared deviations from mean.The concept of standard deviation was first used by Karl Pearson in the year 1893. It is the most commonly used measure of dispersion. It satisfies most of the properties laid down for an ideal measure of dispersion. Note that SD is calculated from AM only. Just as mean is the best measure of central tendency, standard deviation is the best measure of dispersion. Standard deviation is calculated on the basis of mean only.
” Standard deviation is defined as the square root of the arithmetic average of the squares of deviations taken from the arithmetic average of a series. “
It is also known as the rootmeansquare deviation for the reason that it is the square root of the mean of the squared deviations from AM.Standard deviation is denoted by the Greek letter σ (small letter ‘sigma’).
The term variance is used to describe the square of the standard deviation. The term was first used by R. A. Fisher in 1913.
Standard deviation is an absolute measure of dispersion. The corresponding relative measure is called coefficient of SD. Coefficient of variation is also a relative measure. A series with more coefficient of variation is regarded as less consistent or less stable than a series with less coefficient of variation.
Symbolically,
Individual Series
Different methods are used to calculate standard deviation of individual series. All these methods result in the same value of standard deviation. These are given below:

Actual Mean Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac {Σd^{2}}{N}}} \), where d = X – x̄

Assumed Mean Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σd^{2}}{N}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σd}{N}\Bigr)}^{2}} }\)

Direct Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σx^{2}}{N}\,\,{{\overline{X}}}^{2}} }\) or \( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σx^{2}}{N}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σx}{N}\Bigr)}^{2}} }\)

Step Deviation Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σd’^{2}}{N}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σd’}{N}\Bigr)}^{2}} \,×\,c }\)
Actual Mean Method
Height: 160, 160, 161, 162, 163, 163, 163, 164, 164, 170.
We need to find d and d^{2}, it is shown in the below given table.
$$ {\overline{X}}\,= \, {{{\frac{ΣX}{N}} }} $$ $$ = \, {{{\frac{1630}{10}} }} $$ $$ = \, 163 $$
Table 6.22  

x  d = (X – x̅)=(X – 163)  d^{2} 
160  3  9 
160  3  9 
161  2  4 
162  1  1 
163  0  0 
163  0  0 
163  0  0 
164  1  1 
164  1  1 
170  7  49 
ΣX = 1630, N = 10  Σd^{2} = 74 
Assumed Mean Method
Height: 160, 160, 161, 162, 163, 163, 163, 164, 164, 170.
We need to find d and d^{2}, it is shown in the below given table.
$$ Assumed \,Mean \,=\, 162 $$
Table 6.23  

x  d = (X – 162)  d^{2} 
160  2  4 
160  2  4 
161  1  1 
162  0  0 
163  1  1 
163  1  1 
163  1  1 
164  2  2 
164  2  2 
170  8  64 
Σd = 10  Σd^{2} = 84 
Direct Method
Height: 160, 160, 161, 162, 163, 163, 163, 164, 164, 170.
We need to find x^{2}, it is shown in the below given table.
Table 6.24  

x  x^{2} 
160  25600 
160  25600 
161  25921 
162  26244 
163  26569 
163  26569 
163  26569 
164  26896 
164  26896 
170  28900 
Σx = 1630  Σx^{2} = 265764 
Step Deviation Method
5, 10, 25, 30, 50.
We need to find d, d’, and d’^{2}. Deviations taken from 25 and common factor 5, it is shown in the below given table.
Table 6.25  

x  d = (X – 25)  \( \mathbf{d’\, = \, {{{\frac{(x25)}{5}} }}} \)  d’^{2} 
5  20  4  16 
10  15  3  9 
25  0  0  0 
30  5  1  1 
50  25  5  25 
Σd’ = 1  Σd’^{2} = 51 
Discrete Series
Standard deviation can be calculated in four ways:

Actual Mean Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac {Σfx^{2}}{Σf}}} \) or \( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac {Σfd^{2}}{Σf}}} \),
where d = X –
X 
Assumed Mean Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σfd^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfd}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} } \)
where d = X – A

Direct Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σfx^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfx}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} } \)

Step Deviation Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σfd’^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfd’}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} \,×\,c } \)
where d = X – A
\( d’\, = \, {{{\frac{(xA)}{C}} }} \)
Actual Mean Method
Table 6.26  

x  f 
6  3 
7  6 
8  9 
9  13 
10  8 
11  5 
12  4 
$$ {\overline{X}}\,= \, {{{\frac{ΣfX}{Σf}} }} $$ $$ = \, {{{\frac{432}{48}} }} $$ $$ = \, 9 $$
Table 6.27  

x  f  fx  (X – 
x^{2}  fx^{2} 
6  3  18  3  9  27 
7  6  42  2  4  24 
8  9  72  1  1  9 
9  13  117  0  0  0 
10  8  80  1  1  8 
11  5  55  2  4  20 
12  4  48  3  9  36 
Σf = 48  Σfx = 432  Σfx^{2} = 124 
Assumed Mean Method
Table 6.28  

x  f 
6  3 
7  6 
8  9 
9  13 
10  8 
11  5 
12  4 
Table 6.29  

x  f  (d = X – A)(A = 10)  d^{2}  fd  fd^{2} 
6  3  4  16  12  48 
7  6  3  9  18  54 
8  9  2  4  18  36 
9  13  1  1  13  13 
10  8  0  0  0  0 
11  5  1  1  5  5 
12  4  2  4  8  16 
Σf = 48  Σfd = 48  Σfd^{2} = 172 
Direct Method
Table 6.30  

x  f 
6  3 
7  6 
8  9 
9  13 
10  8 
11  5 
12  4 
Table 6.31  

x  f  fx  x^{2}  fx^{2} 
6  3  18  36  108 
7  6  42  49  294 
8  9  72  64  576 
9  13  117  81  1053 
10  8  80  100  800 
11  5  55  121  605 
12  4  48  144  576 
Σf = 48  Σfx = 432  Σfx^{2} = 4012 
Step Deviation Method
Table 6.32  

x  f 
10  2 
15  8 
20  10 
25  15 
30  3 
35  2 
Table 6.33  

x  f  d = X – A (A = 25)  \(\mathbf{d’\, = \, {{{\frac{(XA)}{C}} }}} \) C = 5  fd’  d’^{2}  fd’^{2} 
10  2  15  3  6  9  18 
15  8  10  2  16  4  32 
20  10  10  1  10  1  10 
25  15  0  0  0  0  0 
30  3  5  1  3  1  3 
35  2  10  2  4  4  8 
Σf = 40  Σfd’ = 25  Σf’d^{2} = 71 
Continuous Series
In continuous series we have class intervals for the variable. So we have to find out the midpoint for the various classes. Then the problem becomes similar to those of discrete series.Standard deviation can be calculated in four ways:

Actual Mean Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac {Σfx^{2}}{Σf}}} \)

Assumed Mean Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σfd^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfd}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} } \)
where d = X – A

Direct Method
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σfm^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfm}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} } \)

Step Deviation Method
Deviation d can be converted into d’ by multiplying it with the class interval, C.
\( \mathbf{σ\, = \,\sqrt{\frac{Σfd’^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfd’}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} \,×\,c } \)
where d = X – A
\( d’\, = \, {{{\frac{d}{C}} }} \)
Actual Mean Method
Table 6.34  

x  f 
40 – 50  2 
50 – 60  5 
60 – 70  12 
70 – 80  18 
80 – 90  8 
90 – 100  5 
$$ {\overline{X}}\,= \, {{{\frac{Σfm}{Σf}} }} $$ $$ = \, {{{\frac{3650}{50}} }} $$ $$ = \, 73 $$
Table 6.35  

x  f  m  fm  x (m – 
fx  x^{2}  fx^{2} 
40 – 50  2  45  90  28  56  784  1568 
50 – 60  5  55  275  18  90  324  1620 
60 – 70  12  65  780  8  96  64  768 
70 – 80  18  75  1350  2  36  4  72 
80 – 90  8  85  680  12  96  144  1152 
90 – 100  5  95  475  22  110  484  2420 
Σf = 50  Σfm = 3650  0  Σfx^{2} = 7600 
Assumed Mean Method
Table 6.36  

x  f 
40 – 50  2 
50 – 60  5 
60 – 70  12 
70 – 80  18 
80 – 90  8 
90 – 100  5 
Table 6.37  

x  f  m  d (x – 75)  d^{2}  fd  fd^{2} 
40 – 50  2  45  30  900  60  1800 
50 – 60  5  55  20  400  100  2000 
60 – 70  12  65  10  100  120  1200 
70 – 80  18  75  0  0  0  0 
80 – 90  8  85  10  100  80  800 
90 – 100  5  95  20  400  100  200 
Σf = 50  Σfd = 100  Σfd^{2} = 7800 
Direct Method
Table 6.38  

x  f 
40 – 50  2 
50 – 60  5 
60 – 70  12 
70 – 80  18 
80 – 90  8 
90 – 100  5 
Table 6.39  

x  f  m  fm  fm^{2} 
40 – 50  2  45  90  4050 
50 – 60  5  55  275  15125 
60 – 70  12  65  780  50700 
70 – 80  18  75  1350  101250 
80 – 90  8  85  680  57800 
90 – 100  5  95  475  45125 
Σf = 50  Σfm = 3650  Σfm^{2} = 274050 
Step Deviation Method
Table 6.40  

x  f 
40 – 50  2 
50 – 60  5 
60 – 70  12 
70 – 80  18 
80 – 90  8 
90 – 100  5 
Table 6.41  

x  f  m  \(\mathbf{d’\, = \, {{{\frac{(m75)}{10}} }}} \)  fd’  d’^{2}  fd’^{2} 
40 – 50  2  45  3  6  9  18 
50 – 60  5  55  2  10  4  20 
60 – 70  12  65  1  12  1  12 
70 – 80  18  75  0  0  0  0 
80 – 90  8  85  1  8  1  8 
90 – 100  5  95  2  10  4  20 
Σf = 50  Σfd’ = 10  Σfd’^{2} = 78 
Properties of SD

SD is calculated from AM because; the sum of the squares of the deviations taken from the AM is least.

SD is independent of the change of origin. That is, if a constant A is added or subtracted from each of the items of series, then SD remains unchanged.

SD is affected by change of scale. That is, if each item of series is multiplied or divided by a constant, say, c, then the SD is also affected by the same constant c.
MERITS OF STANDARD DEVIATION
 Rigidly defined.
 Its value is always definite.
 Based on all items.
 It is capable of further algebraic treatment.
 It possesses many mathematical properties.
 It is less affected by sampling fluctuations.
 The difficulty about algebrfaic signs is not found here.
DEMERITS OF STANDARD DEVIATION
 Calculation is not easy.
 It is not understood by a layman.
 Much affected by extreme values.
 Gives much importance to extreme values than values near the mean (this happens because of taking square of the deviations).
Absolute and Relative Measures of Dispersion
Absolute measures of dispersion are expressed in the same statistical unit in which the original data are given such as rupees, tonnes, centimeters, etc. In case two sets of data are expressed in different units, absolute measures of dispersion are not comparable. In such cases, measures of relative dispersion should be used.A measure of relative dispersion is the ratio of measure of absolute dispersion to an appropriate average. It is sometimes called a coefficient of dispersion because coefficient means a pure number that is independent of the unit of measurement. Greater the value of coefficient of dispersion more is the variability in a distribution (less consistency).
Table 6.42  

Absolue Measure  Relative Measure 
\(\mathbf{Range\, = \, L\,\,S} \)  \(\mathbf{ Coefficient \,of \,Range \,= \,{{\frac{L – S }{L + S}}}} \) 
\(\mathbf{ Quartile \,Deviation\, =\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{2}} }}} \)  \(\mathbf{ Coefficient\, of\, Quartile\, Deviation\, =\, {{{\frac{Q_3 – Q_1}{Q_3 + Q_1}} }}} \) 
\(\mathbf{Mean\, Deviation\, =\, {{{\frac{ΣD}{N}} }} }\)  \(\mathbf{Coefficient\, of\, MD\, =\, {{{\frac{MD}{{Mean\,/\,Median\,/\,Mode}}} }}} \) 
\( \mathbf{Standard \, Deviation \, = \,\sqrt{\frac {Σx^{2}}{Σf}}} \); \( \mathbf{\sqrt{\frac{Σd^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σd}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} }\); \( \mathbf{\sqrt{\frac{Σfd^{2}}{Σf}\,\,{\Bigl(\frac{Σfd}{Σf}\Bigr)}^{2}} }\)  \(\mathbf{Coefficient\, of\, SD\, =\, {{{\frac{σ}{\overline{X}}} }}} × 100 \) 
Lorenz Curve
Dispersion can be studied graphically also. For that we use what is called Lorenz Curve, after the name of Dr. Max O. Lorenz who first studied the dispersion of distribution of wealth by graphic method. This method is most commonly used to show inequality of income or wealth in a country and sometimes to make comparisons between countries or between different time periods. The Curve uses the information expressed in a cumulative manner to indicate the degree of variability. It is especially useful in comparing the variability of two or more distributions.It has a draw back that it does not give any numerical value of the measure of dispersion. It merely gives a picture of the extent to which a series is pulled away from an equal distribution.
STEPS

Find class midpoints.

Cumulate the class midpoints .

Cumulate the frequencies.

Take the grand total of class midpoints and grand total of frequencies as 100.

Then convert all the other cumulative class midpoints and cumulative frequencies into their respective percentages.

Now mark cumulative percentages of frequencies on the xaxis and cumulative
class midpoints on the yaxis. Note that each axis will have values from 0 to 100.

Draw a line from the origin to the point whose coordinate is (100, 100). This line is xcalled the line of equal distribution.

Then plot the cumulative values and cumulative frequencies, and join these points
to get a curve.
Table 6.43  

Income  Number of persons 
0 – 5000  5 
5000 – 10000  10 
10000 – 20000  18 
20000 – 40000  10 
40000 – 50000  7 
Table 6.44  

Income  Midpoints  Cumulative midpoints  Cumulative midpoints in percentages  Frequency  Cumulative frequency  Cumulative frequency in percentages 
0 – 5000  2500  2500  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{100000}} \,× \,2500 }\, =\,2.5}} \)  5  5  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{50}} \,× \,5 }\, =\,10}} \) 
5000 – 10000  7500  10000  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{100000}} \,× \,10000 }\, =\,10}} \)  10  15  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{50}} \,× \,15 }\, =\,30}} \) 
10000 – 20000  15000  25000  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{100000}} \,× \,25000 }\, =\,25}} \)  18  33  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{50}} \,× \,33 }\, =\,66}} \) 
20000 – 40000  30000  55000  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{100000}} \,× \,55000 }\, =\,55}} \)  10  43  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{50}} \,× \,43 }\, =\,86}} \) 
40000 – 50000  45000  100000  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{100000}} \,× \,100000 }\, =\,100}} \)  7  50  \(\mathbf{ {{{\frac{100}{50}} \,× \,50 }\, =\,100}} \) 
(x, y) = (10, 2.5), (30, 10), (66, 25), (86, 55), (100, 100)
From the above figure it is clear that along the line OC, the distribution of income proportionately equal; so that 5% of the income is shared by 5% of the population, 15% of the income is shared by 15% of the population, and so on. Hence we call OC as the line of equal distribution. The farther the curve OAC from this line, the greater is the variability present in the distribution, If there are two or more curves, the one which is the farthest from the line OC has the highest dispersion.