# Frequency vs Relative Frequency – How are they different?

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Both the frequency and relative frequency give us information about the occurrence of the data values in a given set of data. While the frequency gives us the absolute value of the number of times a particular data value is repeated, the relative frequency tells us about the occurrence of a data value in the form of a fraction or percentage.

### Example:

Suppose we are given the following set of data:1, 1, 1, 3, 4, 5, 5, 8, 9, 12

Here the value 1 has a frequency of 3 because the value 1 occurs 3 times in the above set of data. On the other hand since 1 occurs three times out of ten, then expressing it in the form of a proportion/fraction we conclude that 1 has a relative frequency of 3/10 = 0.3 (that is, 30% in percentage form).

### Difference between Frequency and Relative Frequency:

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