17.10 - Measuring the Standard Deviation of a Population - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

Teradata Vantage™ - SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates

Product
Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
Release Number
17.10
Release Date
July 2021
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
B035-1145-171K
Language
English (United States)

If your data represents the only a sample of the entire population for the variable, then use the VAR_SAMP function. For information, see “VAR_SAMP”.

As the sample size increases, the values for VAR_SAMP and VAR_POP approach the same number, but you should always use the more conservative STDDEV_SAMP calculation unless you are absolutely certain that your data constitutes the entire population for the variable.