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

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

Var(X) = [Sum ((X - mean(X))2)] / Count(X)

Variance comes in two flavors: population variance and sample variance.

• Population variance computes the variance from all possible values.
• Sample variance computes from a subset or sample of all values.
• Since Trifacta® Wrangler Enterprise has access to all available values, the computation for population variance is used across the entire dataset.

The square root of variance is standard deviation, which is used to measure variance under the assumption of a bell curve distribution. See STDEV Function.

If a row contains a missing or null value, it is not factored into the calculation.

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

## Basic Usage

pivot value:VAR(myRating) group:postal_code limit:1

Output: Generates a new table containing the unique values of the `postal_code` column and the variance of the group of values from the `myRating` column for the `postal_code` value. The `limit` parameter defines the maximum number of output columns.

## Syntax and Arguments

pivot value:VAR(function_col_ref) [group:group_col_ref] [limit:limit_count]

ArgumentRequired?Data TypeDescription
function_col_refYstringName of column to which to apply the function

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

### function_col_ref

Name of the column the values of which you want to calculate the variance. Column must contain Integer or Decimal values.

• Literal values are not supported as inputs.
• Multiple columns and wildcards are not supported.

Usage Notes:

Required?Data TypeExample Value
YesString (column reference)`myValues`

## Examples

This example illustrates how you can apply statistical functions to your dataset. Calculations include average (mean), max, min, standard deviation, and variance.

Source:

Students took a test and recorded the following scores. You want to perform some statistical analysis on them:

StudentScore
Anna84
Ben71
Caleb76
Danielle87
Evan85
Faith92
Gabe85
Hannah99
Ian73
Jane68

Transform:

You can use the following transforms to calculate the average (mean), minimum, and maximum scores:

derive type:single value:AVERAGE(Score) as:'avgScore'

derive type:single value:MIN(Score) as:'minScore'

derive type:single value:MAX(Score) as:'maxScore'

To apply statistical functions to your data, you can use the `VAR` and `STDEV` functions, which can be used as the basis for other statistical calculations.

derive type:single value:VAR(Score)

derive type:single value:STDEV(Score)

For each score, you can now calculate the variation of each one from the average, using the following:

derive type:single value:((Score - avg_Score) / stdev_Score) as:'stDevs'

Now, you want to apply grades based on a formula:

AstDevs > 1
BstDevs > 0.5
C-1 <= stDevs <= 0.5
DstDevs < -1
FstDevs < -2

You can build the following transform using the `IF` function to calculate grades.

derive type:single value:IF((stDevs > 1),'A',IF((stDevs < -2),'F',IF((stDevs < -1),'D',IF((stDevs > 0.5),'B','C'))))

To clean up the content, you might want to apply some formatting to the score columns. The following reformats the `stdev_Score` and `stDevs` columns to display two decimal places:

set col:stdev_Score value:NUMFORMAT(stdev_Score, '##.00')

set col:stDevs value:NUMFORMAT(stDevs, '##.00')

derive type:single value:MODE(Score) as:'modeScore'

Results:

Anna8485826899

87.00000000000001

9.330.21C
Ben718582689987.000000000000019.33-1.18D
Caleb768582689987.000000000000019.33-0.64C
Danielle878582689987.000000000000019.330.54B
Evan858582689987.000000000000019.330.32C
Faith928582689987.000000000000019.331.07A
Gabe858582689987.000000000000019.330.32C
Hannah998582689987.000000000000019.331.82A
Ian738582689987.000000000000019.33-0.96C
Jane688582689987.000000000000019.33-1.50D

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