# als es der Standardabweichung entspricht

## English translation: by more than the standard deviation

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 08:42 Mar 28, 2007
German to English translations [PRO]
Science - Mathematics & Statistics
 German term or phrase: als es der Standardabweichung entspricht I'm proofreading, so have an existing translation to check. The text discusses the results of a battery of performance tests and says that the results can be considered acceptable in the following circumstances (of which the one below is the first): In allen eingesetzten Leistungstests wurde der Prozentrang 16 erreicht oder überschritten. Damit weicht der Testwert nicht stärker vom Mittelwert der Population ab, als es der Standardabweichung entspricht. This has been translated as: A percentile ranking of 16 or more was obtained in all the ability tests used. This means that the test score does not deviate from the mean of the population **by more than it differs from the standard deviation**. I'm struggling to understand what the asterisked section is trying to say. The suggested translation makes no sense to me at all (if the mean percentile rank is 50 and the SD 25, then someone with a score of 70 differs from the mean by 20 and from the SD by 5, so would fail under the above definition - or have I missed the point completely?) I'm also puzzled by "es" in the German ( ... als ES der Standardabweichung entspricht) - given that Testwert and Mittelwert are both masculine, what does "es" refer to?
 Local time: 18:17
 English translation:by more than the standard deviation Explanation:This means that the test score does not deviate from the mean of the population by more than the standard deviation. A mistranslation, IMO. It (the test score) does not deviate from the mean by more than the standard deviation.
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Alan Johnson
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Local time: 19:17
 Thanks - I really needed people's help to get my head round this one!3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

3 +3by more than the standard deviation
 Alan Johnson
3by more than it meets/corrsponds with the SD

Discussion entries: 5

11 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +3
als es der Stanardabweichung entspricht
by more than the standard deviation

Explanation:
This means that the test score does not deviate from the mean of the population by more than the standard deviation.

A mistranslation, IMO. It (the test score) does not deviate from the mean by more than the standard deviation.

 Alan JohnsonGermanyLocal time: 19:17Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 14
 Thanks - I really needed people's help to get my head round this one!

agree
 15 mins

agree  Harry Borsje: only sensible interpretation/translation
 23 mins

agree
 2 hrs

12 mins   confidence:
als es der Stanardabweichung entspricht
by more than it meets/corrsponds with the SD

Explanation:
the "es" I believe to be referring to the test value, incorrect grammar of course

HTH

 Stephen SadieGermanyLocal time: 19:17Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 12

 Mar 28, 2007 - Changes made by Steffen Walter: Term asked als es der Stanardabweichung entspricht » als es der Standardabweichung entspricht

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