Average, variance & standard deviation in Python

Here is a quick python script which calculates average, variance and standard deviation. This is also part of codeacademy work. I must say last time I worked with variance and standard deviation it was more than 10 years ago in statistics course. Hence a bit of reminder here for me too: (Some are from wikipedia and mathsisfun.com)

Average: In mathematics and statistics, it is called arithmetic mean according to wikipedia but simply it is the sum of a list of numbers divided by the number of numbers in the list.

Variance: The average of the squared differences from the mean. Here is the formula which we will use in our python code.

\displaystyle \sigma^2 = \frac{\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{n}(x_i - \mu)^2} {n}

Standard deviation: Square root of the variance is the standard deviation which just means how far we are from the normal(mean)

\displaystyle  \sigma = \sqrt{\frac{\displaystyle\sum_{i=1}^{n}(x_i - \mu)^2} {n}}

Now here is the code which calculates given the number of scores of students we calculate the average,variance and standard deviation.


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