Measuring the Variance of a Population

Teradata Vantageā„¢ SQL Functions, Expressions, and Predicates

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Teradata Vantage
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Teradata Database
Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine
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16.20
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Programming Reference
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B035-1145-162K

If your data represents the entire population for the variable, then use the VAR_POP function.

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 VAR_SAMP calculation unless you are absolutely certain that your data constitutes the entire population for the variable.