Definition of Gaussian distribution in English:

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Gaussian distribution

Pronunciation: /ˈɡousēən ˌdistrəˌbyo͞oSH(ə)n/


Another term for normal distribution.
Example sentences
  • In order to solve concrete problems Aleksandrov had to replace the Gaussian geometry of regular surfaces by a much more general theory.
  • The intensity, width, and center of the diffraction peaks were obtained from a fit with a Gaussian bell curve.
  • In a random matrix, the rows and columns are filled with numbers randomly selected from a normal, or Gaussian, distribution.


Early 20th century: named after Karl Gauss (see Gauss, Karl Friedrich), who described it.

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Syllabification: Gauss·i·an dis·tri·bu·tion

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