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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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Hello. Can someone help me on this ?

Is it possible to calculate Standard Deviation for points distrubuted in 3-axis?

X Y Z.

Thanks

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Welcome to the forum. You could get the standard deviation of the x's, then the y's and then the z's.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Standard deviation like a mean works on a list of elements not on 3 at a time.

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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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Hello again

i have another issue, if you could assist.

I have an array of integers from 0 - 250 positions, each one containing an integer. Is it possible to get a single value for this array, so that I can tell the difference between this array and other future arrays? Perhaps an integral?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There are several ideas but I would need to know a little bit more.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

You are saying that you are using an array to keep track of 251 colors. You are assigning each box to a color and incrementing it by one each time you find one?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, what are you trying to do with that? Do you have some other array to compare it to?

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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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it would be easy to compare it with another array, slot by slot. But i want to get a value out of each array. Thinking of the array as a graph-> can i get a value out of it? area perhaps?distance of the area from 0? perhaps 2 or 3 small areas on a graph separated by 0 color values? sorry i can not think anything to compare 2 graphs that may look completely different.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You want to turn the array into a single number? This could very well take much more time than comparing them element by element.

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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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can i do this, turn it to a number?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You are using some programming language?

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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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yes I am using C++ in eclipse.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Does the new C++ have multiprecision arithmetic yet?

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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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I don't know what is this.

But i know it has fields like float and double.

*Last edited by panicoschr (2013-03-21 03:54:25)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It still only has 16 digits of precision is what I mean. Basically that means only 16 digits in any number.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, not exactly. Remember order counts in your array so you just can't add up the numbers or multiply them. The simplest thing of course is the decimal system. How high are the numbers in the each array?

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**panicoschr****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-24
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sorry i had to leave for some time. I made a small testing , saw max no = 160. Of course most of the slots are value 0. Lets say only 30 slots have a value {3,4, 10 , 20 , 34 etc)

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm, that is going to be a problem.

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**DeanPemberton****Member**- From: USA
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Standard deviation is a quantity calculated to indicate the extent of deviation for a group. I don't think it will work for points distributed in 3-axis.

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