The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Random Variables

  • I. Richard Savage
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_1476

Abstract

Scientific statements often have a probabilistic element, for example, ‘In population Ω the distribution of individual income, I, can be approximated by a log-normal distribution’. The formal interpretation of this statement requires a moderate amount of structure, such as,

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