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French Equivalent: Aplatissement

Definition:
A term used to describe the extent to which a unimodal frequency curve is “peaked”; that is to say, the extent of the relative steepness of ascent in the neighbourhood of the mode. The term was introduced by Karl Pearson in 1906.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Last updated on Thursday, February 26, 2004