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Continuous Probability Distributions

By Deborah J. Rumsey

Part of Probability For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you work with continuous probability distributions, the functions can take many forms. These include continuous uniform, exponential, normal, standard normal (Z), binomial approximation, Poisson approximation, and distributions for the sample mean and sample proportion.

When you work with the normal distribution, you need to keep in mind that it’s a continuous distribution, not a discrete one. A continuous distribution’s probability function takes the form of a continuous curve, and its random variable takes on an uncountably infinite number of possible values. This means the set of possible values is written as an interval, such as negative infinity to positive infinity, zero to infinity, or an interval like [0, 10], which represents all real numbers from 0 to 10, including 0 and 10.

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