This function computes the absolute deviation from the mean of data, a dataset of length n. The absolute deviation from the mean is defined as,
where \(x_i\) are the elements of the dataset data. The
absolute deviation from the mean provides a more robust measure of the
width of a distribution than the variance. This function computes the
mean of data via a call to
This function computes the absolute deviation of the dataset data relative to the given value of mean,
This function is useful if you have already computed the mean of data (and want to avoid recomputing it), or wish to calculate the absolute deviation relative to another value (such as zero, or the median).