Probability distribution

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The normal distribution, often called the "bell curve"

Probability distribution is a term from mathematics. Suppose there are many events with random outcomes. A probability distribution is the theoretical counterpart to the frequency distribution. A frequency distribution simply shows how many times a certain event occurred. A probability distribution says how many times it should have occurred.

There are different probability distributions. Each of them has its use, its benefits, and its drawbacks.

Common ones are: