degree of freedom

Primary Meanings of degree of freedom

1.
n
(statistics) an unrestricted variable in a frequency distribution
2.
n
one of the minimum number of parameters needed to describe the state of a physical system
Full Definitions of degree of freedom
1

n (statistics) an unrestricted variable in a frequency distribution

Type of:
variable, variable quantity
a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
2

n one of the minimum number of parameters needed to describe the state of a physical system

Type of:
parameter, parametric quantity
a constant in the equation of a curve that can be varied to yield a family of similar curves

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