The Normal (or Gaussian) Distribution and Other Continuous Distributions

  • Byron P. Roe
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Now we will introduce continuous distributions. By far, the most important of these is the normal or gaussian distribution that appears almost everywhere in probability theory, partially because of the central limit theorem, which will be discussed in Chapter 11. In addition, we will introduce a few other distributions of considerable use. The chi-square distribution, in particular, as we will see later, plays a central role when we consider the statistical problem of estimating parameters from data.


Density Function Probability Density Function Central Limit Theorem Continuous Distribution Cauchy Distribution 


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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Byron P. Roe
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  1. 1.Department of Physics, Randall LaboratoryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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