Why are there no ordered dictionaries?

Alex Martelli aleax at mail.comcast.net
Tue Nov 22 16:51:11 CET 2005

Fredrik Lundh <fredrik at pythonware.com> wrote:
> But math folks usually name things after the person(s) who came
> up with the idea, not just some random implementer.  The idea of

Wrong: you're forgetting Stigler's Law of Misonomy (which I imagine must
have NOT been discovered by Stigler...;-).  The Poisson distribution was
in fact described earlier by Bernoulli, Gosset's z-test is universally
known as Student's t-test, etc, etc.

Salsburg's delightful "The Lady Tasting Tea" has a lot of fun with
Stigler's law in the footnotes...;-)


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