Chapter 5. Random Variables and Distributions

  1. Robert C. Elston1 and
  2. William D. Johnson2

Published Online: 31 OCT 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470740781.ch5

Basic Biostatistics for Geneticists and Epidemiologists: A Practical Approach

Basic Biostatistics for Geneticists and Epidemiologists: A Practical Approach

How to Cite

Elston, R. C. and Johnson, W. D. (2007) Random Variables and Distributions, in Basic Biostatistics for Geneticists and Epidemiologists: A Practical Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470740781.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, USA

  2. 2

    Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 OCT 2008
  2. Published Print: 24 OCT 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024898

Online ISBN: 9780470740781

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Keywords:

  • variable, random variable, response variable, variate;
  • parameter;
  • probability (density) function, cumulative probability distribution function;
  • binomial, Poisson, uniform, and normal (Gaussian) distributions;
  • standardized, standard normal distribution

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Variability and Random Variables

  • Binomial Distribution

  • A Note about Symbols

  • Poisson Distribution

  • Uniform Distribution

  • Normal Distribution

  • Cumulative Distribution Functions

  • The Standard Normal (Gaussian) Distribution

  • Summary

  • Further Reading

  • Problems