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

From: Michael Friendly <>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2008 08:34:44 -0500

Douglas Bates wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 8:25 AM, Duncan Murdoch <> 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?

Yes, indeed. Stigler himself attributes the idea to Robert Merton, and cites his title, 'Stigler's Law of Eponomy' as a perfect example.

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