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Python | Standard deviation of list

  • Last Updated : 03 Oct, 2019
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Sometimes, while working with Mathematics, we can have a problem in which we intend to compute the standard deviation of a sample. This has many applications in competitive programming as well as school level projects. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this task can be performed.

Method #1 : Using sum() + list comprehension
This is a brute force shorthand to perform this particular task. We can approach this problem in sections, computing mean, variance and standard deviation as square root of variance. The sum() is key to compute mean and variance. List comprehension is used to extend the common functionality to each of element of list.




# Python3 code to demonstrate working of
# Standard deviation of list
# Using sum() + list comprehension
  
# initializing list
test_list = [4, 5, 8, 9, 10]
  
# printing list
print("The original list : " + str(test_list))
  
# Standard deviation of list
# Using sum() + list comprehension
mean = sum(test_list) / len(test_list)
variance = sum([((x - mean) ** 2) for x in test_list]) / len(test_list)
res = variance ** 0.5
  
# Printing result
print("Standard deviation of sample is : " + str(res))
Output :
 
The original list : [4, 5, 8, 9, 10]
Standard deviation of sample is : 2.3151673805580453

Method #2 : Using pstdev()
This task can also be performed using inbuilt functionality of pstdev(). This function computes standard deviation of sample internally.




# Python3 code to demonstrate working of
# Standard deviation of list
# Using pstdev()
import statistics
  
# initializing list
test_list = [4, 5, 8, 9, 10]
  
# printing list
print("The original list : " + str(test_list))
  
# Standard deviation of list
# Using pstdev()
res = statistics.pstdev(test_list)
  
# Printing result
print("Standard deviation of sample is : " + str(res))
Output :
 
The original list : [4, 5, 8, 9, 10]
Standard deviation of sample is : 2.3151673805580453

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