a theoretical frequency distribution represented by a normal curve.
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Also called Gaussian distribution.
Origin of normal distribution
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby normal distribution
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British Dictionary definitions for normal distribution
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 varianceAlso called: Gaussian distribution
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Scientific definitions for 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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