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Topic: [HM] question about term "normal"
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Fernando Q. Gouvea

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