DEFINITION of 'Residual Standard Deviation'
A statistical term used to describe the standard deviation of points formed around a linear function, and is an estimate of the accuracy of the dependent variable being measured.
Residual standard deviation is also referred to as the standard deviation of points around a fitted line.
BREAKING DOWN 'Residual Standard Deviation'
The residual standard deviation can be calculated when a regression analysis has been performed, as well as an analysis of variance (ANOVA). When determining a limit of quantitation, the use of a residual standard deviation is permissible instead of the standard deviation.
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