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Definition of Distribution

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act of distributing or portioning something out; particular group to which something is distributed (e.g. a newspaper or magazine); allotment; systematic division of items into parts; (Statistics) probability or frequency with which items are distributed into various groups
Distribution Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission.
The sorting of types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases.
The act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as, the distribution of an estate among heirs or children.
That which is distributed.
Separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything into parts; disposition; classification.
A resolving a whole into its parts.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\dis`tri*bu"tion\ (?), n. [l. distributio: cf. f. distribution.]
1. the act of distributing or dispensing; the act of dividing or apportioning among several or many; apportionment; as, the distribution of an estate among heirs or children. the phenomena of geological distribution are exactly analogous to those of geography. r. wallace.
2. separation into parts or classes; arrangement of anything into parts; disposition; classification.
3. that which is distributed. "our charitable distributions."
4. (logic) a resolving a whole into its parts.
5. (print.) the sorting of types and placing them in their proper boxes in the cases.
6. (steam engine) the steps or operations by which steam is supplied to and withdrawn from the cylinder at each stroke of the piston; viz., admission, suppression or cutting off, release or exhaust, and compression of exhaust steam prior to the next admission.

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 within the above restrictions the distribution of this document is 
 rayleigh distribution 
 geographical distribution 
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 berkeley system distribution 
Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
distribution list: liosta seachadta
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Rhanedigaeth = n. distribution
WordNet 2.0

1. (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
(synonym) statistical distribution
(hypernym) arrangement, organization, organisation, system
(hyponym) equidsitribution
(classification) statistics
2. the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume
(synonym) dispersion
(antonym) concentration, density, denseness, compactness
(hypernym) spacing, spatial arrangement
(hyponym) complementary distribution, complementation
3. the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
(hypernym) act, human action, human activity
(hyponym) assignment, assigning
(derivation) distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out
4. the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
(hypernym) commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
(part-holonym) marketing
(derivation) distribute
Distribution Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
The amount of potential variation in the outputs of a process, typically expressed by its shape, average or standard deviation.
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
The process of selling a large lot of a security in such a way that its price is not heavily influenced.
Copyright © 2000, Campbell R. Harvey. All Rights Reserved.
Sean_Woo's Finance,GIS & Real Estate Glossary
the important features of the distribution are its central value, its spread, and its symmetry. As a quick check, if the mean and the median are approximately the same value, we have one piece of evidence that the data may be normally distributed.
In more detail, for example, a histogram indicates that the data is unimodal(one hump) and fairly symmetric. It appears to be close to a normal distribution.
Glossary of petroleum Industry
the apportioning of daily production rates to wells on a lease. Because there are many wells on a lease, such production is apportioned on the basis of periodic tests rather than on the individual receiving and gauging of oil at each well.
Distribution Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
1. The arrangement of troops for any purpose, such as a battle, march, or maneuver. 2. A planned pattern of projectiles about a point. 3. A planned spread of fire to cover a desired frontage or depth. 4. An official delivery of anything, such as orders or supplies. 5. The operational process of synchronizing all elements of the logistic system to deliver the “right things” to the “right place” at the “right time” to support the geographic combatant commander. 6. The process of assigning military personnel to activities, units, or billets. (JP 4-0)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Distribution Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
In ISDN applications, the use of broadband transmission of audio or video information to the user without applying any post-production processing to the information. Note: "Distribution" is in contrast to "contribution."
Glossary of Entomology and Crop Protection
The geographical area inhabited by a species.
EIA Energy Glossary
The delivery of energy to retail customers.
A pipeline that conveys gas from a transmission pipeline to its ultimate consumer.
Source: Energy Information Administration, 2006
Oil and Gas Field Glossary
After gas has been processed, it is transported through transmission trunk lines to local distribution centres, for metered delivery to customers.
Electronic Statistics Textbook
The beta distribution (the term first used by Gini, 1911) is defined as:

Beta Distribution (animation) 
The animation above shows the beta distribution as the two shape parameters change.
A distribution that has two modes (thus two "peaks").

Bimodality of the distribution in a sample is often a strong indication that the distribution of the variable in population is not normal. Bimodality of the distribution may provide important information about the nature of the investigated variable (i.e., the measured quality). For example, if the variable represents a reported preference or attitude, then bimodality may indicate a polarization of opinions. Often however, the bimodality may indicate that the sample is not homogenous and the observations come in fact from two or more "overlapping" distributions. Sometimes, bimodality of the distribution may indicate problems with the measurement instrument (e.g, "gage calibration problems" in natural sciences, or "response biases" in social sciences).
See also unimodal distribution , multimodal distribution .
The binomial distribution (the term first used by Yule, 1911) is defined as:
f(x) = [n!/(x!*(n-x)!)] * px * qn-x
for x = 0, 1, 2, ..., n
p is the probability of success at each trial
q is equal to 1-p
n is the number of independent trials
Two variables follow the bivariate normal distribution if for each value of one variable, the corresponding values of another variable are normally distributed . The bivariate normal probability distribution function for a pair of continuous random variables (X and Y) is given by:

1, 2 are the respective means of the random variables X and Y
1, 2
is the correlation coefficient of X and Y
is the base of the natural logarithm, sometimes called Euler's e (2.71...)
is the constant Pi (3.14...)

See also, Normal Distribution , Elementary Concepts (Normal Distribution) 

Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
The set of values of a variable together with the probabilities (see probability ) associated with each. A tabulation of the frequencies of tokens by types. (Krippendorff )
Distribution Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Jargon File
n. 1. A software source tree packaged for distribution; but see kit. Since about 1996 unqualified use of this term often implies `Linux distribution'. 2. A vague term encompassing mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups (but not BBS fora); any topic-oriented message channel with multiple recipients. 3. An information-space domain (usually loosely correlated with geography) to which propagation of a Usenet message is restricted; a much-underutilized feature.
Distribution Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
In mathematics, science, and technology
In mathematics
  • Distribution (mathematics), generalized functions used to formulate solutions of partial differential equations
  • Probability distribution, the probability of a particular values or value range of a variable
    • Cumulative distribution function, in which the probability of a value is a function of that value
  • Frequency distribution, a list of the values recorded in a sample
  • Inner distribution and outer distribution, in coding theory
  • Distribution (differential geometry), a subset of the tangent bundle of a manifold
  • Distributed parameter system, systems that have an infinite-dimensional state-space
  • Distribution of terms, a situation in which all members of a category are accounted for
  • Distributivity, is a property of binary operations that generalises the distributive law from elementary algebra

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Distribution Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
DISTRIBUTE - To sell, lease, bail, assign, or otherwise transfer, or to offer to sell, lease, bail, or otherwise transfer.

DISTRIBUTION - By this term is understood the division of an intestate's estate according to law.

English statute, which was itself probably borrowed from the 118th Novel of Justinian, is the foundation of, perhaps, most acts of distribution in the several states.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library. Dictionary
a system of dividing property acquired by spouses during their marriage in connection with a divorce proceeding.
Distribution Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
The set of activities which ensure the availability of goods in the desired quality, quantity, place and time for the customer.
See also physical distribution.
Distribution Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
The management of water which allows water users to receive the amount of water to which they are entitled by law and as supply permits.
Distribution Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
Distribution Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Epidemiology Terms
In epidemiology, the frequency and pattern of health-related characteristics and events in a population. In statistics, the observed or theoretical frequency of values of a variable.
Movement of a substance from the portal of entry to other areas of the body.
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Terms and symbols used in pharmacology
See Volume of Distribution, Pharmacokinetics
Hepatitis Central (TM) Liver Disease Medical Glossary
The pattern by which parasite numbers are partitioned amongst available hosts