Date: Oct 16, 2006 12:24 PM
Author: Judy Grabiner
Subject: [HM] question about term "normal"

Dear Listmembers:

A colleague has asked me the following:

Someone said that some digits

were "normally" distributed when he clearly meant

"uniform." And when I say that, I mean that he used the two terms

incorrectly according to my "statistician's"

vocabulary. However, he has pointed out

to me (see below) that Number Theorists actually do use "normally

distributed" to mean "uniform":

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/NormalNumber.html

The term "normal" is clearly inappropriate in this

situation (i.e. the number theorists are really talking about uniform

distributions).

Does anyone know the history about why, or

who came first?

Thanks,

Judith Grabiner