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

From: Robin Hankin <>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 09:02:50 +0000

On 4 Mar 2008, at 08:20, Ingmar Visser wrote:

> Wikipedia says:
> Stigler attributes the discovery of Stigler's Law to Robert K. Merton
> (which makes the law self-referencing).

Stigler's law certainly applies in mathematics, where standard procedure is to name a concept in honour of the first person after Euler to have (re)discovered it.


> (Working as a historian of science he should have proceeded to name
> the law Merton's law only to find out
> later that actually someone had discovered it even earlier.)
> Ingmar
> [edit]
> On 3 Mar 2008, at 19:17, Douglas Bates wrote:

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