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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: [math] meaning of "support" in distributions classes
Date Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:04:30 GMT
I don't think you are missing anything.  Moreover, I think that wikipedia
just has an error in this regard.

Following their chain of definitions leads to this example:

If the uniform distribution on the open interval (0,1) has the closed set
[0,1] as its support then the beta distribution
obviously does as well.  In fact, the definition they use starts with "The
largest closed set ...".

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Mikkel Meyer Andersen <> wrote:

> > I am happy to keep them if I can get a clear understanding of what they
> > mean.  As I said in the original post, I think I must be missing
> something
> > that makes them meaningful.  If you use the definition that I gave of
> > support, other than infinities, the endpoints are always going to be
> > included.  Could well be I am missing something.
> No, I don't think that you've missed anything. I probably haven't
> given it a decent thought when I included them to begin with. So the
> right think is to remove those functions following the de facto
> definition of support.

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