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Topic: What's "a Gaussian."
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David C. Ullrich

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Re: What's "a Gaussian."
Posted: Nov 30, 2013 12:25 PM
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On 30 Nov 2013 16:09:11 GMT, Bart Goddard <>

>In a paper I'm reading, the author is counting some
>finite sets of integers. Then has the phrase,
>"the distribution of the number of <things>
>converges to a Gaussian."
>My reaction is, "A Gaussian _what_?" Is this terminology
>common (I can find only one other paper on J-Stor with the
>phrase "convergest to a Gaussian") and what does it mean
>I just need a hint. My best guess is that he means that
>as n -> oo, the discrete distributions approximate a
>normal curve,

It seems incredibly likely that that's what he means.

>but I have not been able to verify that.

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