Quality and Quantity

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 445-446

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Is Normal Distribution due to Karl Gauss? Euler, his Family of Gamma Functions, and Place in History of Statistics

  • David J. KrussAffiliated withArizona State University

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While Gauss (1777–1855) has primacy in explicating properties of the normal distribution, it is Euler (1707–1783) who is predominant with respect to analytical formulation of this function. This case is discussed within the context of uniform rendering of computer algorithms for higher transcendental functions.