# Mean-deviation

**noun**, Statistics.

1.

a measure of dispersion, computed by taking the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of the deviations of the functional values from some central value, usually the mean or median.

**noun** (statistics)

1.

the difference between an observed value of a variable and its mean

2.

Also mean deviation from the mean, mean deviation from the median, average deviation. a measure of dispersion derived by computing the mean of the absolute values of the differences between observed values of a variable and the variable’s mean

mean deviation

In a statistical distribution, the average of the absolute values of the differences between individual numbers and their mean.

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