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The word distribution has several meanings:
- In mathematics a distribution is a generalization of a function to be able to model certain systems, inspired by physics, see distribution (mathematics).
Probability theory and statistics
- In Probability theory, it refers to the way a certain number of samples can be assigned to different categories, see Frequency distribution.
- In Statistics, it refers to the probability that a random variable has a certain value, or falls inside a given interval, see Probability distribution. This is the theoretical counterpart behind frequency distributions.
- In Economics, it talks about getting a product from the producer to the client. See distribution (economics).
- In Computer science, it may refer to the practice of allocating a number of tasks to different machines, scattered over a network. See distributed computing.
- With Software, a distribution is something that puts different applications in the same package. See Linux distribution for an example.
- In power system, the process of delivering electricity to customer is called Electric power distribution.