# Multimodal distribution

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

*multipeaked distribution*

A probability distribution with several modes (cf. Mode) or, what is the same, with a density (cf. Density of a probability distribution) having several relative maxima corresponding to these modes. In contrast to unimodal distributions (cf. Unimodal distribution), multimodal distributions are comparatively rare (in practice) and, as a rule, arise as mixtures of probability distributions.

**How to Cite This Entry:**

Multimodal distribution. A.V. Prokhorov (originator),

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