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## 10.5 Continuous Distributions

Histograms are useful for grouped data, but in the cases where the data is continuous, we use distributions of probability.

In general

- the area under the graph = 1.00000.......
- the graphs often stretch (asymptotically) to infinity

In specific, some of the distribution properties are,

In addition the centre of the distribution can vary (i.e. the average or mean)

More on distribution later

#### 10.5.1 Describing Distribution Centers With Numbers

The best known method is the average. This gives the centre of a distribution

Another good measure is the median

- If odd number of samples it is the middle number
- if an even number of samples, it is the average of the left and right bounding numbers

If the numbers are grouped the median becomes

Mode can be useful for identifying repeated patterns

- a mode is a repeated value that occurs the most. Multiple modes are possible.

#### 10.5.2 Dispersion As A Measure of Distribution

The range of values covered by a distribution are important

- Range is the difference between the highest and lowest numbers.

Standard deviation is a classical measure of grouping (for normal distributions??????????)

- the equation is,

When we use a standard deviation, we can estimate the distribution of the samples.

By adding standard deviations to increase the range size, the percentage of samples included are,

Other formulas for standard deviation are,

#### 10.5.3 The Shape of the Distribution

Skewed functions

this lack of symmetry tends to indicate a bias in the data (and hence in the real world)

a skew factor can be calculated

#### 10.5.4 Kurtosis

This is a peaking in the data

This is best used for comparison to other values. i.e. you can watch the trends in the values of a4.

#### 10.5.6 The Normal Curve

this is a good curve that tends to represent distributions of things in nature (also called Gaussian)

This distribution can be fitted for populations (m, s), or for samples (X, s)

The area under the curve is 1, and therefore will enclose 100% of the population.

the parameters vary the shape of the distribution

The area under the curve indicates the cumulative probability of some event

When applied to quality ±3s are used to define a typical "process variability" for the product. This is also known as the upper and lower natural limits (UNL & LNL)

******************* LOOK INTO USE OF SYMBOLS, and UNL, LNL, UCL, LCL, etc.

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