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## distribution

[dis″trĭ-bu´shun]**1.**the specific location or arrangement of continuing or successive objects or events in space or time.

**2.**the extent of a ramifying structure such as an artery or nerve and its branches.

**3.**the geographical range of an organism or disease.

**frequency distribution**in statistics, a mathematical function that describes the distribution of measurements on a scale for a specific population.

**normal distribution**a symmetrical distribution of scores with the majority concentrated around the mean; for example, that representing a large number of independent random events. It is in the shape of a bell-shaped curve. Called also gaussian distribution. See illustration.

**probability distribution**a mathematical function that assigns to each measurable event in a sample group the probability that the event will occur.

## fre·quen·cy dis·tri·bu·tion

a statistical description of raw data in terms of the number or frequency of items characterized by each of a series or range of values of a continuous variable.

## frequency distribution

A table or histogram showing the number of times each value of a particular variable occurs in a sample.## frequency distribution

an arrangement of statistical data in order of the frequency of each size of the variable. For example, the numbers 2,3,5,3,4,2,1,3,4 would have the frequency distribution shown in Fig. 166. Data from a large sample often produces a NORMAL DISTRIBUTION CURVE.## distribution

the arrangement of numerical data. The arrangement may be in accordance with magnitude, a frequency distribution, or in relation to geographical location, a spatial distribution.

**age distribution**

see

**age distribution**.**bimodal distribution**

the distribution has two regions of high frequency of observations separated by a zone of low frequency.

**binomial distribution**

a probability distribution associated with two mutually exclusive outcomes.

**cluster distribution**

a nonrandom distribution with observations aggregating about geographic or temporal variables. May be deceptive and merely reflect the distribution of an uneven population.

**frequency distribution**

a table or graph of the frequency of occurrence of each value of a variable.

**Gaussian distribution**

see normal distribution (below).

**hypergeometric distribution**

may apply to sampling without replacement of a finite population.

**lognormal distribution**

a distribution which is normal when the log values of the variable are considered.

**normal distribution**

a graph of the distribution appears as a bell-shaped curve which is symmetrical on the two sides of the vertical axis through the peak of the curve. Called also gaussian distribution.

**parent distribution**

the distribution (population) that was originally sampled.

**Poisson distribution**

see poisson distribution.

**regular distribution**

distributed at regular intervals of time or space; all values within its given interval are equally likely.

**sex distribution**

an increase in frequency in one sex, which includes neutered males and neutered females. Called also sex-linked or sex-associated.

**skewed distribution**

a distribution in which the curve illustrating it is not symmetrical but has a long tail on one or other side of the graph.

**spatial distribution**

variations in distribution related to position in space, e.g. close to the door of a barn.

*t*-distributionsee t-test.

**temporal distribution**

variation in distribution related to time, e.g. occurrence of disease incidents after visits by veterinarians, inseminators, feed salesmen.

## frequency

1. the number of occurrences of a periodic process in a unit of time.

2. in statistics, the number of occurrences of a determinable entity per unit of time or of population.

**cumulative frequency**

the graph of its cumulative frequencies.

**frequency distribution**

see frequency distribution.

**expected frequency**

the expected number of occurrences.

**observed frequency**

the actual frequency; as opposed to the expected frequency.

**relative frequency**

the number of observations of a particular, nominated value expressed usually as a proportion of the total frequency.

**total frequency**

the total number of observations in the set of data.

**ultrasound frequency**

see ultrasound.

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