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[HM] question about term "normal"
Posted:
Oct 16, 2006 12:24 PM


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



