[R] sum of deviations from the weighted mean
R. Michael Weylandt <michael.weylandt@gmail.com>
michael.weylandt at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 15:20:50 CET 2011
R FAQ 7.31 I'd imagine. (Floating point arithmetic and limitations thereof)
Michael
On Dec 8, 2011, at 9:15 AM, andrija djurovic <djandrija at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all. I tried to calculate sum of deviations from the weighted mean and i
> didn't get what i expected - 0. Here is an example:
>
>> wt <- c(10,25,38,22,5)
>> x <- 6:10
>> wm <- weighted.mean(x,wt)
>> (x-wm)*wt
> [1] -18.70 -21.75 4.94 24.86 10.65
>> sum((x-wm)*wt)
> [1] -1.24345e-14
>
> With simple mean I got 0:
>> sum(x-mean(x))
> [1] 0
>
> Could someone explain me why we didn't get 0, with weighted mean, as it is
> expected?
> Thanks in advance
>
> Andrija
>
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