[plt-scheme] Statistics (V301.5 Speed Up)

From: Williams, M. Douglas (M.DOUGLAS.WILLIAMS at saic.com)
Date: Sun Feb 12 11:54:19 EST 2006

I suggest we have Jim buy the first round at the next 1000 future Scheme
workshops and try to guess what the resulting distribution will be.  It's no
more scientific than my data, but it might increase attendance at Scheme
workshops and that seems to be a beneficial side effect.  [Not that any of
us would ever advocate side effects, like using boxes as arguments to Scheme
functions to introduce side effects - just to dovetail into another recent

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Woodhouse [mailto:gregory.woodhouse at sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Sun 2/12/2006 8:39 AM
To: Williams, M. Douglas
Cc: PLT Scheme
Subject: Re: [plt-scheme] Statistics (V301.5 Speed Up)

On Feb 12, 2006, at 8:26 AM, Williams, M. Douglas wrote:

> Sorry about the way it reads.  I wasn't judging the distribution, just
> inviting others to join your challenge.
> Doug

Besides, it's just a partial sum of a series: you don't expect it to  
be Gaussian, just an approximation to it. Also, what is close? do we  
expect to approach a Gaussian limit in the L2 sense or maybe with  
respect to the sup norm? It makes a difference.

Gregory Woodhouse
gregory.woodhouse at sbcglobal.net

"Without the requirement of mathematical aesthetics a great many  
discoveries would not have been made."
-- Albert Einstein

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