Re: [R] [OT] "normal" (as in "Guassian")

From: Peter Dalgaard <p.dalgaard_at_biostat.ku.dk>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 22:22:41 +0100

Patrick Burns wrote:
> Douglas Bates wrote:
>
>
>> On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 8:25 AM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>> On 3/3/2008 9:10 AM, Rogers, James A [PGRD Groton] wrote:
>>>
>>>> As someone of partly French heritage, I would also ask how this
>>>> distribution came to be called "Gaussian". It seems very unfair to de
>>>> Moivre, who discovered the distribution at least half a century earlier.
>>>> :-)
>>>>
>>> Just an example of Stigler's Law.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>> Taking this to a whole new level of "off topic", I wonder if Stigler's
>> Law is self-referential? That is, should Stigler's Law more correctly
>> be attributed to someone else?
>>
>
> No. If Stigler's Law were named after some prior person,
> then it wouldn't be an example of itself.
>
Only if said person actually was first to discover it, surely.

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