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Calculating Standard Deviation – the function

Last time I showed how to calculate the standard deviation of a set of numbers and said the code could easily be turned into a function

function Measure-StandardDeviation {
param (
$mean = $numbers | Measure-Object -Average | select -ExpandProperty Average
$sqdiffs = $numbers | foreach {[math]::Pow(($psitem - $mean), 2)}

$sigma = [math]::Sqrt( ($sqdiffs | Measure-Object -Average | select -ExpandProperty Average) )
[math]::Round($sigma, 3)


I’ve called the function Measure-StandardDeviation based on Measure-Object producing the mean.

The parameter is set to accept an array of doubles – floating point numbers – integers will be automatically converted to doubles.

To use the function

$numbers = 1..10
Measure-StandardDeviation -numbers $numbers


or create the input array directly

Measure-StandardDeviation -numbers (1..10)

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