a measure of dispersion, computed by taking the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of the deviations of the functional values from some central value, usually the mean or median.
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Also called average deviation.
Origin of mean deviation
First recorded in 1890–95
Words nearby mean deviation
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British Dictionary definitions for mean deviation
the difference between an observed value of a variable and its mean
Also: mean deviation from the mean, mean deviation from the median, average deviation a measure of dispersion derived by computing the mean of the absolute values of the differences between observed values of a variable and the variable's mean
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Scientific definitions for mean deviation
In a statistical distribution, the average of the absolute values of the differences between individual numbers and their mean.
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