Definitions of variance:
  • noun:   the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value
  • noun:   an activity that varies from a norm or standard
  • noun:   discord that splits a group
  • noun:   an event that departs from expectations
  • noun:   the quality of being subject to variation
  • noun:   a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

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