Re: [R] [OT] "Dispersion" in French

From: Philippe Grosjean <phgrosjean_at_sciviews.org>
Date: Fri 08 Jul 2005 - 18:54:16 EST

Hello Ted,

I would interpret this sentence the same way as you do. for me, in French, "dispersion" is a general term and there is no clue of which dispersion measurement was used... perhaps elsewhere in your text? Best,

Philippe

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(Ted Harding) wrote:

```> Greetings,
>
> I'm posting this OT query here because of out very international
> membership!
>
> In the French sentence
>
>   "Les taux de tirage sont calculés de manière à ce que la
>    dispersion soit inférieure à 5 % dans chaque strate."
>
> it would seem intended that the "dispersion" is to be calculated
> in a specific way (unstated) -- otherwise, how to ensure that it
> shall be less than 5%?
>
> So my question is: What, in English, would one use for "dispersion"?
>
> Standard deviation?
>
> Just as in English, also in general French usage in statistics,
> "dispersion" is a general term for which one can adopt various
> "mesures de dispersion" such as "écart standard", etc. So in
> principle this sentence is as meaningful as the English "The sample
> sizes are to be calculated so as to ensure that the dispersion
> is less then 5% in each stratum." I would still want to know
> which measure of dispersion is to be adopted!
>
> Nevertheless, perhaps francophone statisticians will have a
> "default" interpretation of "dispersion" in such a context.
>
> With thanks for any help,
> Ted.
>
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