Richard Simons
Posts: 425 Joined: Oct. 2006

Quote (guthrie @ Mar. 17 2008,18:03)  Just to check, my limited understanding is that a bell shaped curve is what you would expect if it was random... 
It depends on what you are looking at. If you are looking at random variation about a mean then yes, a bellshaped distribution is what would be expected. If you are looking at the score when you roll a die (only statisticians use the correct singular!) you would expect a uniform distribution.
On the other hand, the total score when you roll a number of dice approximates to a normal (bellshaped) distribution.
 All sweeping statements are wrong.
