these four small data sets have the same mean
and the same mean absolute deviation
hopefully prompting some rationale for the invention of the standard deviation - which, as well as making negative deviations positive, exaggerates these differences
the standard deviations (2 decimal places) are fairly close:
so sorting them into a rank order is not that easy a task!
the ranges give a reasonable rank order but don't distinguish between (a) and (d)