# Thread: Expected Value and Variance

1. ## Expected Value and Variance

If a number X is chosen at random from the integers 1, 2, . . . , 100, what is the expected value and the
variance of X?

Expected value is just the average? So do I just add 1 to 100 and then divide by 100? Then I am not sure what to do with the variance.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you

2. ## Re: Expected Value and Variance

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3. ## Re: Expected Value and Variance

Moreover, simply look up the properties for the mean and variance for a discrete uniform distribution.

4. ## Re: Expected Value and Variance

The variance characterizes just how much the data differs from your prediction on average. There are a lot of formula's for calculating the variance of a lot of estimators. Right now, you presumably just want to know the variance of your population. Try to find a formula for it.

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