# What is the difference between standard deviation and standard error?

Both standard deviation and standard error are important parts of statistics in sample data calculations.

## Answer: As per definition, Standard deviation assesses the amount of variation in data, while standard error gauges the accuracy of the estimate.

Go through the explanation to learn about more differences.

**Explanation:**

Definition of Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation is the measure of the spread of data from its mean. It measures the absolute variability of the distribution. Thus, the higher the dispersion or variability, the greater will be the value of standard deviation, thus greater is its shift from the mean value. It is useful in comparing sets of data that may have the same mean but a different range

Definition of Standard Error

The basic purpose of the standard error is that it tells how different the population mean is to be from the sample mean. The standard error matters because it helps to estimate how well the standard data represents the whole population. By calculating standard error, we can calculate how representative our sample is to our population so that we can easily make valid conclusions.

Basic differences between Standard Deviation and Standard Error.

1) Standard deviation assesses the amount of variation in data, while standard error gauges the accuracy of the estimate.

2) Standard deviation is a descriptive statistic, while standard error is an inferential statistic.

3) Standard Deviation is calculated as the square root of the variance. Conversely, the standard error is calculated as the standard deviation divided by the square root of the sample size.