Deviations from the mean

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

As a way to bring context to the rarity of the 18-inning baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants this past weekend, Ross Benes compared other things that are 9.1 standard deviations from the mean.

An NBA team losing by 83 points. A 13.4-inch penis.

I’m not so sure how comparable those distributions are (as in deviations from the mean doesn’t always mean the same thing), but it’s an interesting exercise. At the very least, it’s a new tumblr in the making.

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