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Help naming a function

  1. Dec 21, 2006 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I need to know the name of the function below. I know it has to do with probability but thats all I know.

    [tex]\int _{-\infty} ^{\infty}e^{-x^2} dx[/tex]

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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Dec 21, 2006 #2


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    I presume you mean [tex] \int e^{-x^2} dx[/tex]. The function [tex]e^{-x^2}[/tex] is the Gaussian function, and the integral is called the Gaussian integral.
  4. Dec 21, 2006 #3
    Yeah a Gaussian so it's a type of Normal Distribution . The "type" meaning, a normal distribution with certain values for the parameters.

  5. Dec 21, 2006 #4


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    It seemed to have a different name though. It had like 3 or 4 words to it.
  6. Dec 21, 2006 #5


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    Ahhh cool. I found what I needed. Thanks to both of you!!!!!!!!!!
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