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Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Tue Mar 18 05:07:40 CET 2003


Peter Hansen wrote:

> But it's irrational, right?  So irrationality is now defined as
> normal?

No.  Irrational does not necessarily imply normal.  Take for instance
the irrational number (decimal expansion):

	0.1010010001000010000010000001...

This number does not terminate and does not repeat, so therefore it is
irrational.  However, it clearly does not have a normal distribution for
all digits (or indeed even for the only two decimal digits which
appear).  Thus it is irrational, but not normal.

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