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Measures of variability is the calculation of the amount of dispersion of the scores/values around the mean, median, or mode.

Variability can also be mathematically associated with the terms spread, consistency, and scatter.


The commonly used measures of variability are:

  • Range (R)
  • Interquartile range (IQR)
  • Mean absolute deviation (MAD)
  • Standard Deviation (SD)
  • Variance (V)


Range (R)

  • It is the easiest and simplest measure of variation.
  • To compute for the range, just simply get the difference between the highest value and the lowest value. In symbol,

R = HV – LV

Interquartile Range (IQR)

  • It is the range of values of the variable in a statistical distribution that lies between the upper and lower quartiles.
  • It is a measure of variability that is based on dividing a data set into quartiles.
    • Quartiles divide a rank-ordered data set into four equal parts. The values that divide each part are called the first, second, and third quartiles; and they are denoted by Q1, Q2, and Q3, respectively.
    • Q1 is the “middle” value in the first half of the rank-ordered data set.
    • Q2 is the median value in the set.
    • Q3 is the “middle” value in the second half of the rank-ordered data set.
  • The interquartile range is equal to Q3 minus Q1. In symbols,
  • IQR = Q3 – Q1

Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD)

  • It is the average distance of all scores/values away from the mean. 
  • It determines how scatter/spread out the values in a given set of data are.

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