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Here's a histogram of ages, as they appear right now in the poll. It seems they follow a poisson distribution peaking around 27.











Histogram of HN ages.... at midday on a Sunday :-)

sad isn't it?


I think he means the histogram might look different at a different time.

Why would you call it poisson?

Because it looks like one (compared to Gaussian it's skewed):


It looks a bit like one, but it could be any group of others. Poisson distributions would be used normally in a circumstance that resembles an arrival process (say hits to a web server), but not for a distribution like ages on a site like this.

27.. phew .. my guess was 16.

I feel better now.

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