Issue #12222 has been updated by Yukihiro Matsumoto.

Assignee changed from Yukihiro Matsumoto to Akira Tanaka

Hi,

I agree with adding `sum` to `Array`. It is natural and easy to define.
I disagree (for now) for adding it to `Enumerable` since it may not be meaningful (e.g. Hash).

Matz.

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Feature #12222: Introducing basic statistics methods for Enumerable (and optimized implementation for Array)
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/12222#change-58047

* Author: Kenta Murata
* Status: Assigned
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: Akira Tanaka
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As python has statistics library for calculating mean, variance, etc. of arrays and iterators from version 3.4,
I would like to propose to introduce such features for built-in Enumerable, and optimized implementation for Array.

Especially I want to provide Enumerable#mean and Enumerable#variance as built-in features because they should be implemented by precision compensated algorithms.
The following example shows that we couldn't calculate the standard deviation for some arrays with simple variance algorithm because we get negative variance numbers.

```ruby
class Array
  # Kahan summation
  def sum
    s = 0.0
    c = 0.0
    n = self.length
    i = 0
    while i < n
      y = self[i] - c
      t = s + y
      c = (t - s) - y
      s = t
      i += 1
    end
    s
  end

  # precision compensated algorithm
  def variance
    n = self.length
    return Float::NAN if n < 2
    m1 = 0.0
    m2 = 0.0
    i = 0
    while i < n
      x = self[i]
      delta = x - m1
      m1 += delta / (i + 1)
      m2 += delta*(x - m1)
      i += 1
    end
    m2 / (n - 1)
  end
end

ary = [ 1.0000000081806004, 1.0000000009124625, 1.0000000099201818, 1.0000000061821668, 1.0000000042644555 ]

# simple variance algorithm
a = ary.map {|x| x ** 2 }.sum
b = ary.sum ** 2 / ary.length
p (a - b) / (ary.length - 1)  #=> -2.220446049250313e-16

# precision compensated algorithm
p ary.variance  #=> 1.2248208046392579e-17
```

I think precision compensated algorithm is too complicated to let users implement it.



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