Meaning of quantile in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkwɒntʌɪl/


  • 1Statistics
    Each of any set of values of a variate which divide a frequency distribution into equal groups, each containing the same fraction of the total population.

    ‘The empirical data were then graphically compared with the range of 95% of the simulated values belted by these quantiles.’
    • ‘In practice, this is not trivial; however, it is simpler in computing the quantiles or P values using the existing tables.’
    • ‘A more indepth analysis of the logistics response times was accomplished by identifying quantiles within the original distribution and eliminating values that occurred in the highest sections.’
    • ‘As in the recent growth scenario, increasing the degree of growth both increased the bias and widened the quantiles of the rec distribution.’
    • ‘With such distributions, parameters like quantiles are more appropriate.’
    1. 1.1Any of the groups produced by dividing a frequency distribution into equal groups, e.g. a quartile or percentile.
      ‘Table 1 does not contain quantiles larger than the median because the distribution function for the grandchild-grandparent relationship is symmetric.’
      • ‘The mean weights of the quantiles were 168, 209, 231, 248, 262, and 277 grams.’
      • ‘Classification is based on quantiles (each class contains an equal number of counties) that have gained or lost a certain level of migrants.’
      • ‘The 95% credibility intervals for each parameter were calculated using upper and lower quantiles of the parameter.’
      • ‘Those who scored in the lowest quantile in psychosocial maturity drank more heavily than did those who scored in the highest quartile.’


1930s from Latin quantus ‘how great, how much’ + -ile.