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Frequency Distribution

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A frequency distribution shows all the possible scores a variable has taken in a particular set of data, together with the frequency of occurrence of each score in the respective set. This means that a frequency distribution describes how many times a score occurs in the data set.

Frequency distributions are one of the most common methods of displaying the pattern of observations for a given variable. They offer the possibility of viewing each score and its corresponding frequency in an organized manner within the full range of observed scores. Along with providing a sense of the most likely observed score, they also show, for each score, how common or uncommon it is within the analyzed data set.

Both discrete and continuous variables can be described using ...

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