In statistics, an ogive is a graphic showing the curve of a cumulative distribution function drawn by hand.[1] The points plotted are the upper class limit and the corresponding cumulative frequency.[2] The ogive for the normal distribution resembles one side of an Arabesque or ogival arch. The term can also be used to refer to the empirical cumulative distribution function.


  1. ^ Black, Ken (2009). Business Statistics: Contemporary Decision Making. John Wiley & Sons. p. 24.
  2. ^ Everitt, B.S. (2002). The Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-81099-X.