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Calculating Standard Deviation and Mean: Include zeros?

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Nick WolfFlag for United States of America asked on
Math / ScienceMicrosoft Excel
16 Comments1 Solution8803 ViewsLast Modified:
A sample of 30 items were pulled from a universe of 323.
Each of the 30 rows has an "overpayment" amount. Values range from $0 to $7,000.
16 of 30 rows have an overpayment value > zero.
14 of 30 rows have an "overpayment" value = zero.

I need to calculate the Mean and Standard Deviation of the overpayment amount.
Are rows with a value of zero used in this calculation?

[My calculations done two different ways:]

Mean ($65,235.42 / 30 total items including zeros)                  $2,174.51
Mean Overpayment ($65,235.42 / 16 overpayments)                  $4,077.21
Standard Deviation (of 16 overpayments)                  1546.38
Standard Deviation (of all 30 rows including $0 "overpayments")                  2348.83