[Numpy-discussion] Computing Simple Statistics When Only they Frequency Distribution is Known
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josef.pktd at gmail.com
Fri Nov 27 22:14:25 EST 2009
On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 9:47 PM, Wayne Watson
<sierra_mtnview at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> How do I compute avg, std dev, min, max and other simple stats if I only
> know the frequency distribution?
If you are willing to assign to all observations in a bin the value at
the bin midpoint, then you could do it with weights in the statistics
calculations. However, numpy.average is, I think, the only statistic
that takes weights. min max are independent of weight, but std and var
need to be calculated indirectly.
If you need more stats with weights, then the attachment in
http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/ticket/604 is a good start.
Josef
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