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**Coefficient of variation** - The coefficient of variation is is defined by the ratio of the standard deviation to the mean. The coefficient of variation is important because it adds context to a standard deviation by comparing it to the mean. For example, look at the following observations:

A) Standard Deviation = 10, Mean = 100 B) Standard Deviation = 10, Mean = 1,000

Observation A has a much greater spread around the mean than observation B.

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**Coefficient of variation** - Coefficient of variation is defined as the relative measure of dispersion it relates the mean and standard deviation by expressing the Std deviation as a % of mean. The benefit of standard deviation is a absolute measure which explains the dispersion in the same unit as original data.

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