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From F Norin <f...@bredband.net>
Subject Re: [math] Questions regarding probability distributions
Date Thu, 21 Oct 2004 20:27:17 GMT

> Do you have any references for the quantum physics cases?  I certainly
> didn't specialize in quantum physics (plasma physics typically uses almost
> everything _but_ quantum physics), but I did get as far as a EE graduate
> course in QED and never encountered such probability models.  Maybe it's
> because I wasn't in a physics department or ever really encountered
> molecular models in what I was studying?

I don't have any references handy (not my area of expertise), but it's often 
mentioned as an application area in articles dealing with these 
distributions. For instance, I guess physics models that uses Brownian motion  
models could use these distributions as they do show up in connection with 
Brownian motion theory.

>
> Honestly, I doubt most of the users of Commons Math will be needing this
> kind of distribution, but I guess if we merge in (parts of) Colt, we might
> end up attracting that kind of user.  
>

As a matter of fact, many concepts in probability theory that at first sight 
may seem rather obscure can actually be used for practical applications. 
Stochastic modeling of the financial markets is a good example where very 
advanced mathematics is actually put to practical use.

/FN

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