variance
Calculate the variance of a strided array.
The population variance of a finite size population of size N
is given by
where the population mean is given by
Often in the analysis of data, the true population variance is not known a priori and must be estimated from a sample drawn from the population distribution. If one attempts to use the formula for the population variance, the result is biased and yields a biased sample variance. To compute an unbiased sample variance for a sample of size n
,
where the sample mean is given by
The use of the term n1
is commonly referred to as Bessel's correction. Note, however, that applying Bessel's correction can increase the mean squared error between the sample variance and population variance. Depending on the characteristics of the population distribution, other correction factors (e.g., n1.5
, n+1
, etc) can yield better estimators.
Installation
npm install @stdlib/statsbasevariance
Usage
var variance = require( '@stdlib/statsbasevariance' );
variance( N, correction, x, stride )
Computes the variance of a strided array x
.
var x = [ 1.0, 2.0, 2.0 ];
var N = x.length;
var v = variance( N, 1, x, 1 );
// returns ~4.3333
The function has the following parameters:
 N: number of indexed elements.

correction: degrees of freedom adjustment. Setting this parameter to a value other than
0
has the effect of adjusting the divisor during the calculation of the variance according toNc
wherec
corresponds to the provided degrees of freedom adjustment. When computing the variance of a population, setting this parameter to0
is the standard choice (i.e., the provided array contains data constituting an entire population). When computing the unbiased sample variance, setting this parameter to1
is the standard choice (i.e., the provided array contains data sampled from a larger population; this is commonly referred to as Bessel's correction). 
x: input
Array
ortyped array
. 
stride: index increment for
x
.
The N
and stride
parameters determine which elements in x
are accessed at runtime. For example, to compute the variance of every other element in x
,
var floor = require( '@stdlib/mathbasespecialfloor' );
var x = [ 1.0, 2.0, 2.0, 7.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 2.0 ];
var N = floor( x.length / 2 );
var v = variance( N, 1, x, 2 );
// returns 6.25
Note that indexing is relative to the first index. To introduce an offset, use typed array
views.
var Float64Array = require( '@stdlib/arrayfloat64' );
var floor = require( '@stdlib/mathbasespecialfloor' );
var x0 = new Float64Array( [ 2.0, 1.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 ] );
var x1 = new Float64Array( x0.buffer, x0.BYTES_PER_ELEMENT*1 ); // start at 2nd element
var N = floor( x0.length / 2 );
var v = variance( N, 1, x1, 2 );
// returns 6.25
variance.ndarray( N, correction, x, stride, offset )
Computes the variance of a strided array using alternative indexing semantics.
var x = [ 1.0, 2.0, 2.0 ];
var N = x.length;
var v = variance.ndarray( N, 1, x, 1, 0 );
// returns ~4.33333
The function has the following additional parameters:

offset: starting index for
x
.
While typed array
views mandate a view offset based on the underlying buffer
, the offset
parameter supports indexing semantics based on a starting index. For example, to calculate the variance for every other value in x
starting from the second value
var floor = require( '@stdlib/mathbasespecialfloor' );
var x = [ 2.0, 1.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 ];
var N = floor( x.length / 2 );
var v = variance.ndarray( N, 1, x, 2, 1 );
// returns 6.25
Notes
Examples
var randu = require( '@stdlib/randombaserandu' );
var round = require( '@stdlib/mathbasespecialround' );
var Float64Array = require( '@stdlib/arrayfloat64' );
var variance = require( '@stdlib/statsbasevariance' );
var x;
var i;
x = new Float64Array( 10 );
for ( i = 0; i < x.length; i++ ) {
x[ i ] = round( (randu()*100.0)  50.0 );
}
console.log( x );
var v = variance( x.length, 1, x, 1 );
console.log( v );
See Also

@stdlib/stats/base/dvariance
: calculate the variance of a doubleprecision floatingpoint strided array. 
@stdlib/stats/base/nanvariance
: calculate the variance of a strided array ignoring NaN values. 
@stdlib/stats/base/stdev
: calculate the standard deviation of a strided array. 
@stdlib/stats/base/svariance
: calculate the variance of a singleprecision floatingpoint strided array.
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