Definitions

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  • noun mathematics The Poisson distribution.
  • proper noun Siméon Denis Poisson (1781-1840), French mathematician.

Etymologies

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After Siméon Denis Poisson (1781-1840), French mathematician.

Examples

  • It is extremely easy to specify how to obtain Poisson and Gamma distributions (and Erlang, and exponential) from very simple thought experiments and things that arise naturally.

    Non-normal Distributions, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • It's interesting to note that when Napoleon married Marie-Louise of Austria, he was given the moniker Poisson d'Avril.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • It's interesting to note that when Napoleon married Marie-Louise of Austria, he was given the moniker Poisson d'Avril.

    April 1st -- Feast of Fools

  • In France, this took the form of pranksters sticking fish on the backs of those who celebrated the old custom, earning the victims of the prank the name Poisson d'Avril, or April Fish.

    Livescience.com

  • Whatever the origins, victims with a paper fish on their backs are referred to as Poisson d'Avril—April Fish.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Whatever the origins, victims with a paper fish on their backs are referred to as Poisson d'Avril—April Fish.

    April 1st -- Feast of Fools

  • The Poisson is a discrete distribution — i.e. only defined for integer values — which means that its CDF should be jagged saw-toothed.

    New Holland and Webster Paper « Climate Audit

  • You say that the Poisson is a discrete distribution, which it is.

    New Holland and Webster Paper « Climate Audit

  • We could also use something called a Poisson distribution to estimate Brees's likelihood of recording a zero-touchdown game.

    NYT > Home Page

  • April 1, known as Poisson d'avril in Quebec and France, is a time-honoured occasion for practical jokes.

    CBC | Top Stories News

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