Glossary of Statistical Terms: Definition Absolute frequency

The frequency in statistics describes the number of times values or events occur in a set of data. For the characteristic 'eye color' there are, for example, four parameter values: blue, brown, green or other. From a total of 1,000 respondents in a survey, 450 have indicated the eye color blue. The absolute frequency of the attribute blue for the characteristic eye color is therefore 450. In addition to the absolute frequency, there is also the relative frequency.

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