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What's the difference between Bell curve and Gaussian distribution

  1. May 21, 2013 #1
    I was looking to the definition of the Bell curve, and the Gaussian distribution, but I don't see any difference when we represent them in a graph. Both have the same Bell curve. What is the difference between the Bell curve and the Gaussian distribution?
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  3. May 21, 2013 #2
    I found the solution.

    The bell curve is the graph of the PDF of the gaussian distribution
  4. May 24, 2013 #3
    Often bell curve and Gaussian distribution are used interchangeably with normal distribution. But sometimes people use bell curve to mean anything which looks kind of like a bell: smooth, with one lump in the middle, two inflection points, and rapidly-decreasing tails on either end.

    I usually see Gaussian used in physics, normal used in statistics, and bell curve used in pop-science articles. But that's just a guideline.
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