# Frequency Distribution - Explained

What is a Frequency Distribution?

# What is a Frequency Distribution?

A frequency distribution is a chart or list that presents the frequency of different outcomes in a given sample. The frequency distribution presents an overview of all the values or variables in a given sample that the frequency (number of times) they occur. A frequency distribution can use a list, table or graph to represent the frequency of outcomes. This distribution presents a snapshot of patterns and the occurrence of a given data. The interval size of outcomes in a sample is determined by the type of data being analyzed.

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## How is a Frequency Distribution Used?

Frequency distributions are common in statistics, they represent the intervals between various outcomes in a given sample. Each outcome is graphically represented to show the number of times they occur with a group of outcomes and the interval at which they occur. A frequency distribution is a statistical tool that presents a snapshot of the patterns and trends of a given data set. Frequency distributions are often used by analysts to visualize their observations and noticeable trends in a given sample.

## Visual Representation

Visual representation is central to frequency distribution, this means that the observations and outcomes within a given sample must be visually represented. Frequency distributions can use histograms, bar charts or tables to present the outcomes in a given sample and the intervals at which they occur. When any of these visual representations are used, they present the frequency and intervals of outcomes of a given sample using the y and x-axis. Hile the y-axis is the frequency count, the x-axis represents the observed variables.