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Variance in Minitab: How to Find it

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How to find the Variance in Minitab: Steps

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The sample variance formula.

Variance is a measure of variability in statistics. In other words, it gives you an idea of how far a data set is spread out. Variance can range from 0 to infinitely large. A variance of zero means that the numbers in a set are all the same. The larger the variance, the more spread out the data set. You can calculate the variance by finding the mean, subtracting the mean from each number in the set, squaring the result and then averaging the squared difference — or, you can let Minitab take care of the hard work for you!

Example question: Find the variance for the following sample: 12, 13, 24, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35, 38, 45, 46, 52, 53, 78, 78, 89

Step 1: Type your data into a column in a Minitab worksheet.

Step 2: Click “Stat”, then click “Basic Statistics,” then click “Descriptive Statistics.”

Step 3: Click the variables you want to find the variance for and then click “Select” to move the variable names to the right window.

Step 4: Click “Statistics.”

Step 5: Check the “Variance” box and then click “OK” twice. The variance in Minitab will be displayed in a new window. The variance for this particular data set is 540.667.

That’s it!

Tip: Check out our online standard deviation and variance calculator!


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