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Hello I am new to C++, I have this program which i take an input file and i have to find the average and standard deviation of the numbers in the file. I have part of the program completed but i don't know where to go from there. can someone please help me?

#include <fstream>
#include <iostream>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <cmath>

int main()
{
using namespace std;
ifstream in_stream;
ofstream out_stream;

in_stream.open("infile.txt");
if(in_stream.fail())
{
cout << "Input file opening failed.\n";
exit(1);
}

outstream.open("outfile.txt");
if (out_stream.fail())
{
cout << "Output file opening failed.\n";
exit(1);
}

double next,sum = 0;
double average;
double s_dev = 0;
int count = 0;
while(in_stream >> next)
{
sum = sum + next;
count++;
}
average = sum/count;
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Last Post by murschech
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You seem to have computed the average correctly. The most efficient way to compute the standard deviation is to use the formula

st. dev. = sqrt( (sum of squares -ct*square of av)/(ct - 1) )

so what you need to do is have another variable, say sum2, which, like sum, starts out at 0 and in the while loop is incremented by the formula sum2 = sum2 + next*next. The the st dev is given by

stdev = sqrt( (sum2-ct*average*average)/(ct-1) )
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