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*Subject*: **Re: [office-comment] Re: Gaussian Distribution vs Normal Distribution**

*From*:**"Leonard Mada" <discoleo@gmx.net>***To*: dwheeler@dwheeler.com, office-comment@lists.oasis-open.org*Date*: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:32:24 +0100

Hello all, ... > > * A Googlefight (showing which term is more popular on the Internet) > shows > > "Gaussian distribution" with 943,000 references while "normal > > distribution" gets 14,100,100 references: FALSE GOOGLE: "normal distribution": 782,000 "gaussian distribution": 573,000 The difference is quite small, and, considering that one is a technical term and the other was quite common to the laymen and in the past, this seems even more astonishing. Sincerely, Leonard Mada > > > http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=Gaussian+distribution&word2=Normal+distribution > > We should choose the terms that are more common, generally, so that we > can > > communicate - and by that measure "Normal distribution" wins. > > > > In addition, since this is one of the _statistical_ functions in the > > formula spec, it seems appropriate to use the standard terminology used > by > > statisticians. Wolfram's text in particular argues that the term should > be > > "Normal distribution". > > > > While there are obviously other statistical distributions, I think the > > central limit theorem is a pretty good argument for NAMING this > distribution > > the "normal" distribution. This theorem states that "Under certain > > conditions (such as being independent and identically-distributed with > finite > > variance), the sum of a large number of random variables is > approximately > > normally distributed" [Wikipedia text, but this is well-known in > > mathematics/statistics]. Which means that when things get added up, > even if they didn't > > start with a normal distribution, they converge towards it. > > > > The spec _should_ include the term "Gaussian distribution" when > discussing > > this function - that's fair enough. But it appears to me that the > > standard name for this is "Normal distribution" - the alternative > terminology > > seems to be primarily in specialty areas (e.g., physics). We should > strive for > > the most common term, and if there isn't an obvious common term, use the > > term that the primary experts use (in this case statisticians). Either > way, > > I think "Normal distribution" wins. > > > > --- David A. Wheeler > > -- > Psssst! Schon vom neuen GMX MultiMessenger gehört? > Der kann`s mit allen: http://www.gmx.net/de/go/multimessenger > > -- > This publicly archived list offers a means to provide input to the > OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) TC. > > In order to verify user consent to the Feedback License terms and > to minimize spam in the list archive, subscription is required > before posting. > > Subscribe: office-comment-subscribe@lists.oasis-open.org > Unsubscribe: office-comment-unsubscribe@lists.oasis-open.org > List help: office-comment-help@lists.oasis-open.org > List archive: http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/office-comment/ > Feedback License: http://www.oasis-open.org/who/ipr/feedback_license.pdf > List Guidelines: http://www.oasis-open.org/maillists/guidelines.php > Committee: > http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=office -- GMX FreeMail: 1 GB Postfach, 5 E-Mail-Adressen, 10 Free SMS. Alle Infos und kostenlose Anmeldung: http://www.gmx.net/de/go/freemail

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**References**:**Gaussian Distribution vs Normal Distribution***From:*"Leonard Mada" <discoleo@gmx.net>

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