frequency distribution

  

Definition

Number of times a given quantity (or group of quantities) occurs in a set of data. For example, the frequency distribution of income in a population would show how many individuals (or households) have the income of a certain level (say, $5,000 a month). It is plotted either as a step-column chart (histogram) or as a line-chart (histograph). See also distribution.

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  • The frequency distribution indicated a high level of inter-related variables affecting and relating to each other which was indicative of the success of our strategy.

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  • The frequency distribution among college graduates in the south showed that they were more likely to remain in educational debt longer than those that graduated from northern colleges.

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  • My dad, a business owner, often took a look at his frequency distribution chart to see all the possible outcomes.

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