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Radius of Deviation?

Radius of Deviation?

Radius of Deviation?

I recently noticed how similar the equations for the radius of gyration and the standard deviation (for a population) appear.

Can anybody explain their similarities (and maybe differences)?

Quote (Wikipedia)

"It (the Radius of Gyration) also can be referred to as the radial distance from a given axis at which the mass of a body could be concentrated without altering the rotational inertia of the body about that axis.

Does it follow that the standard deviation can be referred to as the distance from a given mean at which the population could be concentrated without altering the precision around that mean?

A clear lack of similarity I see is, in mechanics, a higher radius of gyration is desirable, whereas in statistics a lower standard deviation is desirable.

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RE: Radius of Deviation?

"Does it follow that the standard deviation can be referred to as the distance from a given mean at which the population could be concentrated without altering the precision around that mean?"

No. The standard deviation results in the capturing 68.27% of a Gaussian probability distribution. I have no idea why they would be confluent at all.

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RE: Radius of Deviation?

Just found this:

Quote (Engineering Mechanics: Statics By I. C. Jong, B. G. Rogers)

A centroidal radius of gyration represents the standard deviation of the distances of the area elements from the centroidal axis

This text says that they are. If N (the population or sample) is analogous to 'area' then it makes sense.

RE: Radius of Deviation?

"in mechanics, a higher radius of gyration is desirable"

Sometimes, not always. For example many column inches have been wasted on the preference for low polar moment of inertias for racing cars.


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RE: Radius of Deviation?

Good catch. I am from a building structures perspective, and you don't see that too often. I should have been more specific. :)

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