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VARIANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does variance mean? 

VARIANCE (noun)
  The noun VARIANCE has 7 senses:

1. an event that departs from expectations
2. discord that splits a group
3. the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value
4. a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
5. the quality of being subject to variation
6. an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation)
7. an activity that varies from a norm or standard

  Familiarity information: VARIANCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


VARIANCE (noun)


Sense 1variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event that departs from expectations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

variance; variant; discrepancy

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

departure; deviation; difference; divergence (a variation that deviates from the standard or norm)


Sense 2variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discord that splits a group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

variance; division

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

discord; dissension (disagreement among those expected to cooperate)


Sense 3variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

moment (the n-th moment of a distribution is the expected value of the n-th power of the deviations from a fixed value)

Domain category:

statistics (a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "variance"):

standard deviation (the square root of the variance)

covariance ((statistics) the mean value of the product of the deviations of two variates from their respective means)


Sense 4variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

discrepancy; disagreement; variance; divergence

Context example:

a growing divergence of opinion

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

difference (the quality of being unlike or dissimilar)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "variance"):

allowance; leeway; margin; tolerance (a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits)


Sense 5variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being subject to variation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

variability; variableness; variance

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

changeability; changeableness (the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "variance"):

variedness (characterized by variation)

variegation (variability in coloration)

personal equation (variability attributable to individual differences)


Sense 6variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

a zoning variance

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

dispensation (an exemption from some rule or obligation)


Sense 7variance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An activity that varies from a norm or standard

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

variation; variance

Context example:

any variation in his routine was immediately reported

Hypernyms ("variance" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)


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