How do you do absolute deviation?
The absolute deviation of a number x from a given value is the absolute value of the difference of x and the given value.
That is exactly what my notes says. Now, Let me try to explain it a little bit better.
Basically, this means how far you are off from the real, or how far “off from the norm” you are.
absolute value = | x - given value |
Here’s an example.
The absolute deviation of x from 10 is 1.8. Find the values of x that satisfy this requirement.
What they mean by that is the farthest you can be off from ten is 1.8.
Here’s the work.
| x - 10 | = 1.8
x - 10 = 1.8 or x - 10 = -1.8
x = 11.8 OR x = 8.2
Basically, this means something along the lines of leeway.
I really do hope that I helped. This can be quite a confusing subject.