What is the standard deviation of just one number?

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zero

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If you have just one number or a million numbers that are exactly the same (such as all are 25), the standard deviation will be zero .

In order to have a standard deviation greater than zero , you must have a sample that contains values that are not the same .

So, at a minimum, you need at sample with at least two values that are not equivalent in order to have a standard deviation greater than zero.

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