Statistics - Z Score (Zero Mean) or Standard Score

Thomas Bayes


Any raw score from any scale can be converted to Z scores (Z scale)

In statistics, the standard score is the signed number of standard deviations by which an observation or data is above the mean.


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With this formula:

  • The mean Z-score is Z = 0
  • Positive Z scores are above average
  • Negative Z scores are below average


Z-scores can be used to find percentile rank (Raw score ~ Z-score ~ Percentile rank)

If the distribution is normal, Z=0 means a Median percentile (50th, 50 percent of the distribution falls below the mean)

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