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

From: roger koenker <rkoenker_at_uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 17:37:06 -0600

On Mar 3, 2008, at 4:59 PM, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> Andrew Robinson wrote:

>> On Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 10:22:41PM +0100, Peter Dalgaard wrote:
>>
>>> 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.
>>>
>>
>> I believe that Stigler believes that he was not the first to discover
>> Stigler's Law

> Which is why it is an example of itself...

This is getting a bit silly, but I would add, unless the discoverer had the
same name, cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigler%27s_conjecture but I reiterate that the original attribution (by Stigler) is to Robert Merton.

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