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An aggregate function that returns the variance of a set of numbers. This is a mathematical property that signifies how far the values spread apart from the mean. The return value can be zero (if the input is a single value, or a set of identical values), or a positive number otherwise.



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 VARIANCE_SAMP() and VARIANCE_POP() functions compute the sample variance and population variance, respectively, of the input values. (VARIANCE() is an alias for VARIANCE_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.

The functions VAR_SAMP() and VAR_POP() are the same as VARIANCE_SAMP() and VARIANCE_POP(), respectively. These aliases are available in Impala 2.0 and later.

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".


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

[localhost:21000] > select variance(score) from test_scores;
| variance(score) |
| 812.25          |
[localhost:21000] > select variance_samp(score) from test_scores;
| variance_samp(score) |
| 812.25               |
[localhost:21000] > select variance_pop(score) from test_scores;
| variance_pop(score) |
| 811.438             |

This example demonstrates that, because the return value of these aggregate functions is a STRING, you convert the result with CAST if you need to do further calculations as a numeric value.

[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) |         |


This function cannot be used in an analytic context. That is, the OVER() clause is not allowed at all with this function.

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 STDDEV, STDDEV_SAMP, STDDEV_POP Functions for details about the standard deviation property.

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