Talk:Charles M. Stein

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Stein's Paradox[edit]

The main article would be improved if there were some mention of an entire article titled "Stein's Paradox", published in the 1970s by Scientific American. I am not a statistician, but the gist of the article was that groupings of unrelated information (by whatever standard you wish to take) paradoxically led to more perfect bell curves, than information taken in isolation, and plotted separately. The paradox relates to the issue of "relevance." For instance, if you added the number of cars imported to the United States from Japan to the number of toasters manufactured in Italy and sold to Egypt, you would, surprisingly, get a much better bell curve than taking either of these numbers alone, and attempting to plot them in isolation from one another. Dexter Nextnumber (talk) 08:29, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

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