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 n. Plural form of exponential.
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Also, the wavefunctions necessarily contain imaginary numbers and complex exponentials, which is weird because all the physical quantities we measure are real nubers, pretty much by definition.

That sort of demands we sacrifice basic understanding of relative comparisons and factors of 10. 30 million years compared to 3.8 billion years deals with exponentials.

Of course, at low values of ‘s’, both models are approximately equal, so it is possible to teach without doing the exponentials.

Brilliant satire, including the explanation of how exponentials work, and why they are misleading!

This is just another instantiation of linear human behavior running afoul of exponentials in computer performance and pricing.

But isn't the real issue here a matter of essential ignorance rather than negative exponentials in some statistician's notebook?

It DOES really change things that much and they are NOT exponentials.

For such a process, given n occurrences in any given interval, their distribution is then the same as a simple random sample of n realizations of a random variable whose density function is ë(t) (suitably normed to be a density over that interval) and the waiting times between occurrences are distributed not as exponentials, but as the differences of consecutive order statistics from that distribution.

The times between storms do not behave like independent exponentials.

When I tried to fit negative exponentials to the data, this failed in nearly all cases.
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