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normal distribution

noun, Statistics.
1.
a theoretical frequency distribution represented by a normal curve.
Also called Gaussian distribution.
Origin of normal distribution
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • The frequency distribution of breeding activity in birds is described by a nonlinear curve (a normal distribution is nonlinear).

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas Richard F. Johnston
  • The idea is but the shadow of the theories of normal distribution mentioned in preceding chapters.

  • Such boon-work was considered as a kind of surplus demand; it exceeded the normal distribution of work.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
British Dictionary definitions for normal distribution

normal distribution

noun
1.
(statistics) a continuous distribution of a random variable with its mean, median, and mode equal, the probability density function of which is given by (exp-[(x–μ)²/2σ²]/σ√(2π)) where μ is the mean and σ² the variance Also called Gaussian distribution
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normal distribution in Science
normal distribution
  (nôr'məl)   
A theoretical frequency distribution for a set of variable data, usually represented by a bell-shaped curve symmetrical about the mean.
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normal distribution in Technology

statistics
(Or "Gaussian distribution") The frequency distribution of many natural phenomena such as the height or intelligence of people of a certain age and sex. The formula looks something like:
P(x) = e^(((x-m)/s)^2)
where P(x) is the probability of a measurement x, m is the mean value of x and s is the standard deviation.
Also known as a "bell curve" because of its shape.
(2003-10-25)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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