# QUARTILE DEVIATION

## About "Quartile deviation"

Quartile deviation (QD) :

Another measure of dispersion is provided by quartile- deviation or semi - inter –quartile range

The formula to find quartile-deviation is given by ## Coefficient of quartile deviation

A relative measure of dispersion using quartiles is given by coefficient of quartile-deviation which is ## Properties of quartile deviation

1) Quartile-deviation provides the best measure of dispersion for open-end classification.

2)  It is less affected due to sampling fluctuations.

3)  Like other measures of dispersion, quartile-deviation remains unaffected due to a change of origin but is affected in the same ratio due to change in scale.

i.e. if y = a + bx, a and b being constants,

then QD of y = |b| × QD of x

## Quartile-deviation - Practice problems

Problem 1 :

Following are the marks of the 10 students :

56, 48, 65, 35, 42, 75, 82, 60, 55, 50

Find QD and also its coefficient.

Solution :

After arranging the marks in an ascending order of magnitude, we get

35, 42, 48, 50, 55, 56, 60, 65, 75, 82

First quartile (Q₁)  =  (n+1)/4 th observation

=  (10+1)/4 th observation

=  2.75 th observation

=  2nd observation + 0.75 × difference between the 3 rd and the 2 nd observation

=  42 + 0.75 (48 - 42)

=  42 + 0.75 x 6

=  42 + 4.5

Q₁  =  46.5

Third quartile (Q)  =  3(n+1)/4 th observation

=  3(10+1)/4 th observation

=  8.25 th observation

=  8 th observation + 0.25 × difference between the 9 th and the 8 th observation

=  65 + 0.25 ( 75 - 65)

=  65 + 0.25 x 10

=  65 + 2.5

Q₃  =  67.5

The formula to find QD is given by

QD  =  (Q₃ - Q₁) / 2

QD  =  (67.50 - 46.50) / 2

QD  =  21 / 2

QD  =  10.5

The formula to find coefficient of QD is given by

=  [ (Q₃ - Q₁) / (Q₃ - Q₁) ] x 100

=  [ (67.50 - 46.50) / (67.50 + 46.50) ] x 100

=  [ 21 / 114] x 100

Coefficient of QD  =  18.42

Problem 2 :

If the QD of x is 6 and 3x + 6y = 20, what is the QD of y ?

Solution :

Let us write the given given equation 3x + 6y  =  20 as  y  =  ax + b,

So, we get

y  =  (20/6) + (-3/6)x

When "x" and "y" are related as y  =  a + bx, then

QD of "y"  =  |b| x QD of "x"

QD of "y"  =  |-3/6| x 6

QD of "y"  =  3

## Quartile deviation - review

Quartile-deviation is also rigidly defined, easy to compute and not much affected by sampling fluctuations.

The presence of extreme observations has no impact on quartile-deviation since quartile-deviation is based on the central fifty-percent of the observations.

However, quartile-deviation is not based on all the observations and it has no desirable mathematical properties.

Nevertheless, quartile deviation is the best measure of dispersion for open-end classifications.

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