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Term: Standardized Scores

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2009-08-27


Variable scores adjusted for the mean and standard deviation of the variable for which they are calculated. After the mean is subtracted from a score, it is divided by the standard deviation, resulting in a sample with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of one. They are typically applied when one wishes to compare variables that have considerably different means and variances as it puts them all on the same scale.


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