central limit theorem

noun

: any of several fundamental theorems of probability and statistics that state the conditions under which the distribution of a sum of independent random variables is approximated by the normal distribution
especially : one which is much applied in sampling and which states that the distribution of a mean of a sample from a population with finite variance is approximated by the normal distribution as the number in the sample becomes large

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Recent Examples on the Web Many discrete genes of moderate to small effect upon a trait can produce a continuous distribution via the central limit theorem. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 12 June 2013

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First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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