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Use this coefficient of variation calculator to determine the standard deviation value relative to the mean for a sample or population. By calculating the mean, CV, and standard deviation, our calculator provides valuable insights into the distribution of data, which is useful in comparing the variability of different data sets.

The coefficient of variation is the statistical measure that is used to quantify the **relative dispersion** of a data set. It is the ratio of standard deviation to the mean and is also known as root mean square deviation (RMSD).

In simple words, CV is the measure of **relative variability** and is used to determine the dispersion of data points around the mean. It is beneficial in comparing the relative variability of different data sets. A higher CV indicates greater variability, which means the investment is riskier.

**For Sample:**

CV = s x̄

Where:

**s**is the sample standard deviation**x̄**is the sample mean

**For Population:**

CV = σ μ

Where:

**CV**represents the coefficient of variation**σ**is the standard deviation**μ**is Mean

Find the coefficient variation for the samples 62.25, 60.36, 64.28, 61.24, and 66.24 of a population.

**Solution:**

**Step #1: Calculate Mean**

Mean = (62.25 + 60.36 + 64.28 + 61.24 + 66.24) 5

Mean = 62.874

**Step #2: Calculate Standard Deviation**

SD = ((1/(5 - 1)) * (62.25- 62.874)² + (60.36- 62.874)² + (64.28- 62.874)² + (61.24 - 62.874)² + (66.24- 62.874)²)

= 5.67158

SD = 2.38150

**Step #3: Calculate (CV)**

Put the values into the coefficient of variation formula:

CV = 2.38150 62.874

CV = 0.037877

For a quick comparison of variability across different datasets, use our CV calculator.

**References:**

From Wikipedia: According to The Theory And Statistics, CV.

Sørensen, J. B. 2002. The Use And Misuse of The Coefficient of Variation In Organizational Demography Research.

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