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# probability distribution

## noun

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*Statistics.*- a distribution of all possible values of a random variable together with an indication of their probabilities.

probability distribution

- A function of a discrete random variable (that is, a variable whose values are obtained from a finite or countable set) yielding the probability that the variable will have a given value.
- Also called probability density

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of probability distribution^{1}

First recorded in 1935–40

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## Example Sentences

To find the average value of a continuous variable or expression, you can integrate its probability distribution.

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The average of a probability distribution is its center of mass.

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Finding the probability distribution for the largest spacing between values chosen randomly from a uniform distribution is not a new problem.

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The yellow region shows where the probability distribution is greater, and the blue region shows where it is smaller.

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Also, you knew that you and your opponent were evenly matched, and you both had the same normal probability distribution of finishing times for each run.

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