i am not a statistics expert at all, but statistics interest me... there is something i'm thinking about.... say i have 10 numbers, but 2 are way different than the rest. for example, say 8 of the numbers are less than 4, but 2 are above 8: 2 3 11 2 3 3 2 1 9 1 what if i don't want to account for the 2 extreme numbers? or what if in another set of 10 numbers, the same thing happens, but 3 numbers are above 8 instead of 2? this is what i'm getting at.... i suppose i could just eliminate the biggest 2 or 3 numbers every time. but then i was thinking if i could use standard deviation to help me here.... anyone know what i'm saying?!?