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Distributions (DMX)

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

In Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, you can define the content of columns in a mining structure, to affect how algorithms process the data in those columns when you create mining models. For some algorithms, it is useful to define the distribution of any continuous columns before you process the model, if the columns are known to contain common distributions of values. If you do not define the distributions, the resulting mining models may produce less accurate predictions than if the distributions were defined, because the algorithms will have less information from which to interpret the data.

Microsoft data mining algorithms support the following distribution types:


The values for the continuous column form a histogram with a normal Gaussian distribution.

Log Normal

The values for the continuous column form a histogram, where the logarithm of the values is normally distributed.


The values for the continuous column form a flat curve, in which all values are equally likely.

For more information about Microsoft data mining algorithms, see Data Mining Algorithms (Analysis Services - Data Mining). Third-party algorithm providers may support additional distribution types. To determine which distribution types an algorithm supports, use the SUPPORTED_DISTRIBUTION_FLAGS schema rowset.

For more information about distribution types, see Column Distributions (Data Mining).

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