## README

# svarianceyc

Calculate the variance of a single-precision floating-point strided array using a one-pass algorithm proposed by Youngs and Cramer.

The population variance of a finite size population of size `N`

is given by

where the population mean is given by

Often in the analysis of data, the true population variance is not known *a priori* and must be estimated from a sample drawn from the population distribution. If one attempts to use the formula for the population variance, the result is biased and yields a **biased sample variance**. To compute an **unbiased sample variance** for a sample of size `n`

,

where the sample mean is given by

The use of the term `n-1`

is commonly referred to as Bessel's correction. Note, however, that applying Bessel's correction can increase the mean squared error between the sample variance and population variance. Depending on the characteristics of the population distribution, other correction factors (e.g., `n-1.5`

, `n+1`

, etc) can yield better estimators.

## Installation

```
npm install @stdlib/stats-base-svarianceyc
```

## Usage

```
var svarianceyc = require( '@stdlib/stats-base-svarianceyc' );
```

#### svarianceyc( N, correction, x, stride )

Computes the variance of a single-precision floating-point strided array `x`

using a one-pass algorithm proposed by Youngs and Cramer.

```
var Float32Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float32' );
var x = new Float32Array( [ 1.0, -2.0, 2.0 ] );
var N = x.length;
var v = svarianceyc( N, 1, x, 1 );
// returns ~4.3333
```

The function has the following parameters:

**N**: number of indexed elements.**correction**: degrees of freedom adjustment. Setting this parameter to a value other than`0`

has the effect of adjusting the divisor during the calculation of the variance according to`N-c`

where`c`

corresponds to the provided degrees of freedom adjustment. When computing the variance of a population, setting this parameter to`0`

is the standard choice (i.e., the provided array contains data constituting an entire population). When computing the unbiased sample variance, setting this parameter to`1`

is the standard choice (i.e., the provided array contains data sampled from a larger population; this is commonly referred to as Bessel's correction).**x**: input`Float32Array`

.**stride**: index increment for`x`

.

The `N`

and `stride`

parameters determine which elements in `x`

are accessed at runtime. For example, to compute the variance of every other element in `x`

,

```
var Float32Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float32' );
var floor = require( '@stdlib/math-base-special-floor' );
var x = new Float32Array( [ 1.0, 2.0, 2.0, -7.0, -2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 2.0 ] );
var N = floor( x.length / 2 );
var v = svarianceyc( N, 1, x, 2 );
// returns 6.25
```

Note that indexing is relative to the first index. To introduce an offset, use `typed array`

views.

```
var Float32Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float32' );
var floor = require( '@stdlib/math-base-special-floor' );
var x0 = new Float32Array( [ 2.0, 1.0, 2.0, -2.0, -2.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 ] );
var x1 = new Float32Array( x0.buffer, x0.BYTES_PER_ELEMENT*1 ); // start at 2nd element
var N = floor( x0.length / 2 );
var v = svarianceyc( N, 1, x1, 2 );
// returns 6.25
```

#### svarianceyc.ndarray( N, correction, x, stride, offset )

Computes the variance of a single-precision floating-point strided array using a one-pass algorithm proposed by Youngs and Cramer and alternative indexing semantics.

```
var Float32Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float32' );
var x = new Float32Array( [ 1.0, -2.0, 2.0 ] );
var N = x.length;
var v = svarianceyc.ndarray( N, 1, x, 1, 0 );
// returns ~4.33333
```

The function has the following additional parameters:

**offset**: starting index for`x`

.

While `typed array`

views mandate a view offset based on the underlying `buffer`

, the `offset`

parameter supports indexing semantics based on a starting index. For example, to calculate the variance for every other value in `x`

starting from the second value

```
var Float32Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float32' );
var floor = require( '@stdlib/math-base-special-floor' );
var x = new Float32Array( [ 2.0, 1.0, 2.0, -2.0, -2.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 ] );
var N = floor( x.length / 2 );
var v = svarianceyc.ndarray( N, 1, x, 2, 1 );
// returns 6.25
```

## Notes

- If
`N <= 0`

, both functions return`NaN`

. - If
`N - c`

is less than or equal to`0`

(where`c`

corresponds to the provided degrees of freedom adjustment), both functions return`NaN`

.

## Examples

```
var randu = require( '@stdlib/random-base-randu' );
var round = require( '@stdlib/math-base-special-round' );
var Float32Array = require( '@stdlib/array-float32' );
var svarianceyc = require( '@stdlib/stats-base-svarianceyc' );
var x;
var i;
x = new Float32Array( 10 );
for ( i = 0; i < x.length; i++ ) {
x[ i ] = round( (randu()*100.0) - 50.0 );
}
console.log( x );
var v = svarianceyc( x.length, 1, x, 1 );
console.log( v );
```

## References

- Youngs, Edward A., and Elliot M. Cramer. 1971. "Some Results Relevant to Choice of Sum and Sum-of-Product Algorithms."
*Technometrics*13 (3): 657–65. doi:10.1080/00401706.1971.10488826.

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