2. Terms and Symbols

  1. Catherine Forbes1,
  2. Merran Evans1,
  3. Nicholas Hastings2 and
  4. Brian Peacock3

Published Online: 16 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470627242.ch2

Statistical Distributions, Fourth Edition

Statistical Distributions, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Forbes, C., Evans, M., Hastings, N. and Peacock, B. (2010) Terms and Symbols, in Statistical Distributions, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470627242.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Monash University, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    Albany Interactive, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    Brian Peacock Ergonomics, SIM University, Singapore

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470390634

Online ISBN: 9780470627242



  • inverse distribution function;
  • inverse survival function;
  • probability density function;
  • probability domain;
  • random number;
  • random variables;
  • random variate


This chapter focuses on probability, random variable, random variate and random number. In the discussion of statistical distributions it is convenient to work in terms of variates. The chapter explains range, quantile, probability statement and probability domain. It describes inverse distribution function and inverse survival function. Inverse survival functions are among the more widely tabulated functions in statistics. The chapter discusses probability density function and probability function, and reviews other associated functions and quantities.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

probability density function; quantile function; random variables