hypergeometric distribution

noun hy·per·geo·met·ric distribution \ ˌhī-pər-ˌjē-ə-ˈme-trik- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of hypergeometric distribution

:a probability function f(x) that gives the probability of obtaining exactly x elements of one kind and n - x elements of another if n elements are chosen at random without replacement from a finite population containing N elements of which M are of the first kind and N - M are of the second kind and that is equal to the number of combinations of M things taken x at a time multipled by the number of combinations of N - M things taken n - x at a time and divided by the number of combinations of N things taken n at a time

First Known Use of hypergeometric distribution

1936


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