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# Using Standard Deviation to Compare Variation in Two Data Sets (key)

The following table gives a sample of 6 bowling scores for both George and Danny.
Find the mean, median and mode for each bowlers scores. 185 for all 3 for both bowlers.
Use the following table to find 1) the variance and 2) the standard deviation for each one.
The sum of the deviations is 0 (as it always is) and the sum of the squared deviations is 68.
Divide this by n 1 = 6 1 = 5 to get 13.6. The square root of this is s, the standard deviation.
The square root of 13.6 is 3.69 pins, correct to two decimal places.
George 185 135 200 185 250 155
Danny 182 185 188 185 180 190
x(Danny)

182 -3 9
185 0 0
188 3 9
185 0 0
180 -5 25
190 5 25
x(George)

185 0 0
135 -50 2500
200 15 225
185 0 0
250 65 4225
155 -30 900
Again the sum of the deviations is 0, while the sum of the squared deviations is 7850. We
again divide by n 1 = 5 to get 1570. The square root of this is the standard deviation for
Georges scores. The square root of 1570 is 39.62 pins, correct to two decimal places.
Which bowler was the more consistent? How do the two standard deviations show this?
Danny was the more consistent bowler with most of his scores right around his mean score of
185. The much smaller standard deviation for Danny shows this. Remember that the standard
deviation is a measure of the variation or spread of the data.