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A Gaussian distribution is a type of frequency curve used in statistics that describes statistics such as average and standard deviation. Aspects of these kinds of distributions are often used in arguments to demonstrate a point (sometimes fallaciously) regarding patterns, trends, averages, et cetera. A standard Gaussian distribution is such that the standard variance is one (unit variance) and such that the most likely something can occur is 1 (100%). As such, the standard Gaussian distribution may be written in the form: \varphi\!\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}e^{-\tfrac{1}{2}x^2}. The Gaussian distribution is a specific kind of the more general Gaussian functionWikipedia.

Alternative names[edit]

Normal distribution