Astrophysics (index)

Gaussian Function

(function producing the bell curve)

A Gaussian Function is a function of this form:

f(x) = ae - ————————

for constants a, b, c, and Euler's number e, 2.71828....

The function plots a Bell Curve, and among its uses is that it is the Probability Density Function (PDF) of the Normal Distribution (i.e., Gaussian Distribution), which, as per the Central Limit Theorem, describes the probability distribution of summing a specific number of independent random variables. For example, errors in measurement are commonly assumed to include a purely random element and analyzed using the normal distribution and thus a gaussian function.


Referenced by:
Full Width At Half Maximum (FWHM)
Line Shape Function
Non Gaussian (NG)
Photon Noise