# What's a distribution with an abyss instead of a peak?

I am looking for a (commonly used) probability density function, which would look like a normal distribution flipped upside down. It would look like a uniform distribution with a dent in the middle.

Just to be clear, I am dealing with a continuous random variable within some range, say [-1,1].

Sometimes I have data which is concentrated around zero, but other times I have data which is concentrated toward 1 and -1, while the region around zero is relatively underpopulated. Is there a kind of pdf which (depending on some parameter) can represent these two cases?

• The beta distribution illustrated above has an antimode at $x = 0.5$. This kind of minor terminology polarises people all the way from "yet another term we don't really need" to "just the term I was looking for". – Nick Cox Feb 10 '14 at 11:36