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The statistical Drake equation

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SETI is a comparatively new branch of scientific research that began only in 1959. The goal of SETI is to ascertain whether alien civilizations exist in the universe, how far from us they exist, and possibly how much more advanced than us they may be.SETI is a comparatively new branch of scientific research that began only in 1959. The goal of SETI is to ascertain whether alien civilizations exist in the universe, how far from us they exist, and possibly how much more advanced than us they may be.

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  • Probability Density Function
  • Lognormal Distribution
  • Central Limit Theorem
  • SETI Search
  • Extrasolar Planet

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Maccone, C. (2012). The statistical Drake equation. In: Mathematical SETI. Springer Praxis Books(). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27437-4_1

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