Normality (13th Feb)

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Normality (13th Feb)

Postby HiFranc on Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:39 am

How can "normal" happen only to one individual?
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Postby towr on Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:51 am

How can it happen to anyone?
It's just not normal to be normal.
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Postby Sidhekin on Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:52 am

By application of a prescriptive norm. :P

Okay, so that's not technically correct. A descriptive norm could also happen to apply to one individual only. But that's not as funny.
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Postby Cute Adorable Kitty on Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:56 am

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Postby bloodeye on Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:10 am

The satistical average is neither the mean nor mode of the sample. ie, you have 201 people, and ask how old they are. 100 say 30, 100 say 10, and 1 says 20. While the average age is 20 years old, only the old guy is actually that age. ((Think that math works out right, too lazy too check))
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Postby MaxJenius on Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:16 pm

Dunno... I kinda remember that normal is straight up...
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Postby bloodeye on Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:02 am

Hrmmm... actaully, think in that use, the 'normal' vector heads perpendicular to the force of the movement surface.... in which case Gav<sub>charecter</sub> could well be considered 'normal'....
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Postby kiga on Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:24 pm

But based on his Guiness consumption, not likely.

He could also be of unit length. As in "orthonormal basis".

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Postby damp_dave on Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:17 am

bloodeye wrote:Hrmmm... actaully, think in that use, the 'normal' vector heads perpendicular to the force of the movement surface....


Actually, I believe you're being too specific. "Normal", in that context, likely means "perpendicular". You can have a vector that is normal to a plane in 3D, or a vector that is normal to a line (or another vector) in 2D.

(Spoken like a graphics weenie. Which is OK, I guess, because I am one.)

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Postby bloodeye on Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:21 am

Eh, it's been a few years since I've worked with vectors. Well, other than actually throwing stuff, but that isn't quite the same....
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Postby the Siliconopolitan on Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:27 am

I don't have much to say about normality, but I can easily relate to the bit about resetting the video &c. With the exception that it usually annoys my mother, because she has simply adjusted to the clock being late/early. And a Heaven forbid I actually set it precisely rather than five minutes fast.
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Postby Crystalis on Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:11 pm

bloodeye wrote:Eh, it's been a few years since I've worked with vectors.


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Postby kiga on Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:04 pm

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