Multimodal distribution

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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.

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Multimodal distribution. A.V. Prokhorov (originator), Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL:
This text originally appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098