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bell curve

Colin saw the Dumper/Dumpee dichotomy on a bell curve.
John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  the shape of a statistical graph that is symmetrical about the mean with the most probable scores concentrated near the mean
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Strongly Associated with:   normal distribution, Gaussian distribution
Progressively less likely scores occur further away from the mean. 68.26% of the scores lie within one standard deviation either side of the mean, 95.44% of the scores lie within 2 standard deviations either side of the mean and 99.75% fall within three standard deviations.

The exact shape of the bell curve is determined by the standard deviation. The mean and median are at the same point. Also called:  normal curve
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  • Colin saw the Dumper/Dumpee dichotomy on a bell curve.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The cover sheet plotted a rough-looking bell curve of speed solutions, and below it was the noise prediction curve.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He drew a bell curve on his office pad, suggesting that Brett’s somnambulism would reach a peak, hold for a while, then begin to taper off.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Hence the bell curve: The majority of people fall somewhere close to the vertical dividing line with the occasional statistical outlier (e.g., me) representing a tiny percentage of overall individuals.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
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Associated words [difficulty]:   bell curve [9] , normal distribution [9] , normal distribution [9]
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