Definition Distribution

The term 'distribution' is used in descriptive as well as inductive statistics. In descriptive statistics it stands for the (absolute or relative) frequency of the values of a variable. A frequency distribution describes statistical data.

In inductive statistics, it describes the distribution of probability of individual values for different variables. Mathematically, this describes the distribution function and the density function.  

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