- one of the values of a variable that divides the distribution of the variable into ten groups having equal frequencies.
Origin of decile
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Examples from the Web for decile
Among boomers who will receive an inheritance, the top 10 percent will receive more than every other decile combined.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live
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The high school dropouts in the 9th decile make about 3.1 times as much as those in the 1st.Higher Education and Earnings: Now With Graphs
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- one of nine actual or notional values of a variable dividing its distribution into ten groups with equal frequencies: the ninth decile is the value below which 90% of the population lieSee also percentile
- a tenth part of a distribution
C17: from deca- + -ile
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Word Origin and History for decile
1670s in astrology; 1882 in statistics; from French décile or Medieval Latin *decilis, from Latin decem "ten" (see ten) on the model of quintilis, sextilis.
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