data manipulation: increase standard deviation

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Jon Jae
Jon Jae on 10 Apr 2020
Commented: Jon Jae on 13 Apr 2020
how do I increase the volatility (standard deviation) of a dataset (e.g., hourly price data)?
This is how this could look like.

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Rajani Mishra
Rajani Mishra on 13 Apr 2020
Standard Deviation gives an estimate of the size of a typical deviation from the mean. Low Standard deviation means data points are closer to mean, Whereas High Standard deviation indicates higher deviation.
For increasing standard deviation, you can try below steps:
  1. Compute mean of the data set
  2. Increase Values greater than the mean
  3. Decrease Values lesser than the mean
This would increase the deviation of all points from the mean and hence increase the Standard Deviation.
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Jon Jae
Jon Jae on 13 Apr 2020
Thank you, Rajani! This is an interesting appraoch and it is indeed how I created the graphic above.
See executable code below. My problem with this appraoch is, that I don't get an stable / predictable overall increases of the std deviation. E.g., with the code below I have a increase/decrease for value x of 0.1 --> this leads to an overall increase of the std. dev of 0.85%. For a different data set this increase might be totaly different.
The goal would be a function that I can feed the dataset into, that will increase/decrease each datapoint to receive an overall increase/decrease of the std dev.
This is part of a sensitivity analysis, I am investigatinghow a hydro storage algroithm reacts to different price volatilities.
A = [32050,31860,31780,31510,31990,33020,34990,37930,40240,40080,39540,37930,34940,34800,34420,34940,35630,43150,49050,39390,35810,34920,33570,32960,34670,33970,33970,33610,33620,33860,34590,35490,36900,40660,44600,42400,40640,38010,35970,35870]
% manipulation setting
percVariation = 0.1
increase = 1 + variation
decrease = 1 - variation
%increasing/decreasing values
for ii = 1:numel(A)
if A(ii) >= mean(A) %no particular reason 'greater equals', negelectable in larger data set
B(ii) = A(ii) * increase;
else A(ii) < mean(A)
B(ii) = A(ii) * decrease;
% calculating increase/decrease
change = ((std(B) - std(A)) / std(A))
hold on
legend('A', 'manipulated')

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