# Why is standard deviation not a measure of central tendency ?

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Nov 2, 2015

A measure of central tendency is one value that can represent the total population and acts like the central gravity towards which all the other values move.

#### Explanation:

Standard deviation - as the name suggests is a measure of the deviation. Deviation means change or distance. But change is always followed by the word 'from'. Hence standard deviation is a measure of change or the distance from a measure of central tendency - which is normally the mean. Hence, standard deviation is different from a measure of central tendency.