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[Sep. 23rd, 2005|01:57 pm]
Beemer
A random question for people with science leanings:

I need a probability distribution, but its shape isn't really known. That inclines me to use a gaussian as a generic, because most things are gaussian.

However, it can't produce negative values. What would you use?

Truncate the gaussian below zero? Fold negative values back to positive? Something like a chi-square distribution that looks gaussian once the mean is far from zero?
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-09-23 04:53 pm (UTC)

Re: OK, fine be all literall and stuff: A clarification? Correction? Some stuff anyway:

Um. Hmm. Part of me wants to go off and be all "I'm Dr. Math" guy and bore you to tears explaining. But the rest of me knows that on a Friday evening, I should spend more time grinning.

The second part won.

So now I'll just drop that phrase into a conversation next week, and tell you how easily it went.
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