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frequency distribution

noun, Statistics.
the correspondence of a set of frequencies with the set of categories, intervals, or values into which a population is classified.
Origin of frequency distribution
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • However, the frequency distribution of a set of coupled nonlinear oscillators is non-normal (Wiener, 1958).

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas Richard F. Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for frequency distribution

frequency distribution

(statistics) the function of the distribution of a sample corresponding to the probability density function of the underlying population and tending to it as the sample size increases, the set of relative frequencies of sample points falling within given intervals of the range of the random variable
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frequency distribution in Science
frequency distribution  
A range of conditions, often represented in graph form, in which each item is paired with the number of observed events or measurements meeting those conditions. For example, a list of price ranges paired with the number of cars available in each price range is a frequency distribution. Frequency distributions are commonly used in statistical analysis.
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