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Re: [HM] question about term "normal"
Posted:
Oct 28, 2006 7:51 AM


My guess is that the term "normal number" is just intended to reflect the idea that most numbers are bound to be "normal" in this sense. So it just means "typical" or "usual", rather than attempting to allude to the normal distribution.
Of course, as usual in things of this type, while it is normal for a number to be "normal", it is very abnormal for us to be able to prove that any specific number is...
Fernando
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