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STDDEV, STDDEV_SAMP, STDDEV_POP Functions

An aggregate function that standard deviation of a set of numbers.

Syntax:

{ STDDEV | STDDEV_SAMP | STDDEV_POP } ([DISTINCT | ALL] expression)

This function works with any numeric data type.

Return type: DOUBLE in Impala 2.0 and higher; STRING in earlier releases

This function is typically used in mathematical formulas related to probability distributions.

The STDDEV_POP() and STDDEV_SAMP() functions compute the population standard deviation and sample standard deviation, respectively, of the input values. (STDDEV() is an alias for STDDEV_SAMP().) Both functions evaluate all input rows matched by the query. The difference is that STDDEV_SAMP() is scaled by 1/(N-1) while STDDEV_POP() is scaled by 1/N.

If no input rows match the query, the result of any of these functions is NULL. If a single input row matches the query, the result of any of these functions is "0.0".

Examples:

This example demonstrates how STDDEV() and STDDEV_SAMP() return the same result, while STDDEV_POP() uses a slightly different calculation to reflect that the input data is considered part of a larger "population".

[localhost:21000] > select stddev(score) from test_scores;
+---------------+
| stddev(score) |
+---------------+
| 28.5          |
+---------------+
[localhost:21000] > select stddev_samp(score) from test_scores;
+--------------------+
| stddev_samp(score) |
+--------------------+
| 28.5               |
+--------------------+
[localhost:21000] > select stddev_pop(score) from test_scores;
+-------------------+
| stddev_pop(score) |
+-------------------+
| 28.4858           |
+-------------------+

This example demonstrates that, because the return value of these aggregate functions is a STRING, you must currently convert the result with CAST.

[localhost:21000] > create table score_stats as select cast(stddev(score) as decimal(7,4)) `standard_deviation`, cast(variance(score) as decimal(7,4)) `variance` from test_scores;
+-------------------+
| summary           |
+-------------------+
| Inserted 1 row(s) |
+-------------------+
[localhost:21000] > desc score_stats;
+--------------------+--------------+---------+
| name               | type         | comment |
+--------------------+--------------+---------+
| standard_deviation | decimal(7,4) |         |
| variance           | decimal(7,4) |         |
+--------------------+--------------+---------+

Restrictions: This function cannot be used as an analytic function; it does not currently support the OVER() clause.

The STDDEV(), STDDEV_POP(), and STDDEV_SAMP() functions compute the standard deviation (square root of the variance) based on the results of VARIANCE(), VARIANCE_POP(), and VARIANCE_SAMP() respectively. See VARIANCE, VARIANCE_SAMP, VARIANCE_POP, VAR_SAMP, VAR_POP Functions for details about the variance property.