# STDEVSAMP Function

Computes the standard deviation across column values of Integer or Decimal type using the sample statistical method.

The standard deviation of a set of values attempts to measure the spread in values around the mean and is used to measure confidence in statistical results. A standard deviation of zero means that all values are the same, and a small standard deviation means that the values are closely bunched together. A high value for standard deviation indicates that the numbers are spread out widely. Standard deviation is always a positive value.

Note

This function applies to a sample of the entire population. More information is below.

Terms...

Relevant terms:

Term

Description

Population

Population statistical functions are computed from all possible values. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistical_population.

Sample

Sample-based statistical functions are computed from a subset or sample of all values. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampling_(statistics).

These function names include SAMP in their name.

Note

Statistical sampling has no relationship to the samples taken within the product. When statistical functions are computed during job execution, they are applied across the entire dataset. Sample method calculations are computed at that time.

• This function is calculated across a sample of all values.

• For more information on a population version of this function, see STDEV Function.

If a row contains a missing or null value, it is not factored into the calculation. If no numeric values are detected in the input column, the function returns 0.

The square of standard deviation is variance. See VAR Function.

For a version of this function computed over a rolling window of rows, see ROLLINGSTDEV Function.

Wrangle vs. SQL: This function is part of Wrangle, a proprietary data transformation language. Wrangle is not SQL. For more information, see Wrangle Language.

## Basic Usage

stdevsamp(myRating)

Output: Returns the standard deviation of the values from the myRating column using the sample method of calculation.

## Syntax and Arguments

stdevsamp(col_ref) [group:group_col_ref] [limit:limit_count]

Argument

Required?

Data Type

Description

function_col_ref

Y

string

Name of column to which to apply the function

For more information on the group and limit parameters, see Pivot Transform.

### col_ref

Name of the column whose values you wish to use in the calculation. Column must be a numeric (Integer or Decimal) type.

• Literal values are not supported as inputs.

• Multiple columns and wildcards are not supported.

Usage Notes:

Required?

Data Type

Example Value

Yes

String (column reference)

myValues

## Examples

Tip

This example shows some of the statistical functions that use the sample method of computation.

Functions:

Item

Description

STDEVSAMP Function

Computes the standard deviation across column values of Integer or Decimal type using the sample statistical method.

VARSAMP Function

Computes the variance among all values in a column using the sample statistical method. Input column can be of Integer or Decimal. If no numeric values are detected in the input column, the function returns 0.

STDEVSAMPIF Function

Generates the standard deviation of values by group in a column that meet a specific condition using the sample statistical method.

VARSAMPIF Function

Generates the variance of values by group in a column that meet a specific condition using the sample statistical method.

ROUND Function

Rounds input value to the nearest integer. Input can be an Integer, a Decimal, a column reference, or an expression. Optional second argument can be used to specify the number of digits to which to round.

Source:

Students took tests on three consecutive Saturdays:

Student

Date

Score

Andrew

11/9/19

81

Bella

11/9/19

84

Christina

11/9/19

79

David

11/9/19

64

Ellen

11/9/19

61

Fred

11/9/19

63

Andrew

11/16/19

73

Bella

11/16/19

88

Christina

11/16/19

78

David

11/16/19

67

Ellen

11/16/19

87

Fred

11/16/19

90

Andrew

11/23/19

76

Bella

11/23/19

93

Christina

11/23/19

81

David

11/23/19

97

Ellen

11/23/19

97

Fred

11/23/19

91

Transformation:

You can use the following transformations to calculate standard deviation and variance across all dates using the sample method. Each computation has been rounded to three digits.

Transformation Name New formula Single row formula round(stdevsamp(Score), 3) 'stdevSamp'
Transformation Name New formula Single row formula round(varsamp(Score), 3) 'varSamp'

You can use the following to limit the previous statistical computations to the last two Saturdays of testing:

Transformation Name New formula Single row formula round(stdevsampif(Score, Date != '11\/9\/2019'), 3) 'stdevSampIf'
Transformation Name New formula Single row formula round(varsampif(Score, Date != '11\/9\/2019'), 3) 'varSampIf'

Results:

Student

Date

Score

varSampIf

stdevSampIf

varSamp

stdevSamp

Andrew

11/9/19

81

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Bella

11/9/19

84

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Christina

11/9/19

79

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

David

11/9/19

64

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Ellen

11/9/19

61

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Fred

11/9/19

63

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Andrew

11/16/19

73

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Bella

11/16/19

88

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Christina

11/16/19

78

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

David

11/16/19

67

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Ellen

11/16/19

87

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Fred

11/16/19

90

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Andrew

11/23/19

76

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Bella

11/23/19

93

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Christina

11/23/19

81

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

David

11/23/19

97

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Ellen

11/23/19

97

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475

Fred

11/23/19

91

94.515

9.722

131.673

11.475