Variance Chart

To compute the variance, it is often best to create a chart that will provide all the necessary information for the formula. Then, the numbers can simply be plugged into the formula.

The columns needed for the chart include:

A. Raw data column

B. Distribution mean column

C. Differences from the mean column

D. Squared differences from the mean column

Note that column C (differences from the mean) will always add up to zero. If you get a different total in this column, you did something wrong. Go back and check you math.