hypergeometric distribution

hy·​per·​geo·​met·​ric distribution | \ ˌhī-pər-ˌjē-ə-ˈme-trik- How to pronounce hypergeometric distribution (audio) \

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 has the form {latex}f(x) = \frac{\binom{M}{x} \binom{N - M}{n - x}}{\binom{N}{n}}\text{where} \binom{M}{x} = \frac{M!}{x! (M - x)!}{/latex}

First Known Use of hypergeometric distribution

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypergeometric distribution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypergeometric%20distribution. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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