bell curve

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 6 22:04:59 UTC 2012

Yeah, what's wrong with "plotted it on a curve"?

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On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

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> Subject:      bell curve
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> From an opinion piece by James Hansen in WaPo a couple of days ago.
> When we plotted the world=92s changing temperatures on a bell curve, the
> > extremes of unusually cool and, even more, the extremes of unusually hot
> > are being altered so they are becoming both more common and more severe.
> Note the use of "bell curve" which obviously does not mean the standard
> bell curve. The implication is of a statistical distribution chart, no
> matter how it is shaped. I've heard "plot it on a bell curve" before, but
> don't recall anyone implying so radically un-bell-curve like image,
> although, obviously, the usage was more general than the standard normal
> distribution.
> VS-)
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