Definition of Gaussian distribution in English:

Gaussian distribution


  • another term for normal distribution
    • ‘However, the error bound is based on the assumption that the errors are distributed according to a normal or Gaussian probability distribution.’
    • ‘In a random matrix, the rows and columns are filled with numbers randomly selected from a normal, or Gaussian, distribution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The distance and angle frequency distributions were not Gaussian and were calculated on the basis of entities of different sizes.’


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


Gaussian distribution