[R] general question about use of list

Leeds, Mark (IED) Mark.Leeds at morganstanley.com
Mon Apr 30 15:52:31 CEST 2007

it's also not unbiased.

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is this list only related to R issues or it has a broader context
regarding questions and discussions about statistics. Is there any other
email list or forum for that? For example, I have a question regarding
variance. It is defined as:
variance = sum(sq(Xi-mean)) / (N-1)
and I never understood why not define it as variance =
sum(absolute(Xi-mean) / (N-1)

I read somewhere that this cannot be differentiated on 0. But, why is it
necessary to be able to differentiate it?


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