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Data Analysis with R - Second Edition by Tony Fischetti

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Probability distributions

Up until this point, when we spoke of distributions, we were referring to frequency distributions. However, when we talk about distributions later in the book--or when other data analysts refer to them--we will be talking about probability distributions, which are much more general.

It's easy to turn a categorical, discrete, or discretized frequency distribution into a probability distribution. As an example, refer to the frequency distribution of carburetors in the first image in this chapter. Instead of asking What number of cars have n number of carburetors?, we can ask, What is the probability that, if I choose a car at random, I will get a car with n carburetors?

We will talk more about probability (and different ...

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