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Q: Altiplano distribution---Distributions very flat around the center?

kjetil b halvorsen(This comes from a Facebook post, reference at the end) "Everybody knows" that the function $x \mapsto \exp\left(-1/x^2 \right)$ is infinitely differentiable, but not (real) analytic, since all its derivatives at zero are 0, so its MacLaurin series is identically zero. That function is very fla...

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3:34 AM
@User1865345 Thanks for sharing the post on the altiplano dist. Definitely interesting.
 
@Galen already upvoted your answer.
@Galen i would admit (as are in most cases with many other books, that I have been preoccupied with) I have not crossed the halfway mark, but oh boy, this is a book for ages.
 
3:53 AM
Totally. But at the end of the day there are not only too many books to read, there are too many 'good' books to read. Gotta pick and choose what you find valuable. :)
 
 
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1:13 PM
I really wanted to like McElreath's book. So far, I have failed twice. Pages and pages of amiable chatter, reminding me too much of some of my own posts....
 
1:25 PM
@NickCox I agree with this observation. Personally, the books I read are mathematical and don't beat the bush. McElreath's is different in that it's not a hardcore book but a colloquial style narrative, few academic authors follow.
And I think that is the selling point here.
@NickCox I think you have an encyclopedic knowledge on various graphs and terminologies involved as well as some practical wisdom. To channelize that in a readable frame, you hardly need a dry, terse, language but more of the said colloquial style.
 
2:11 PM
@User1865345 Thanks for the nice comments. A book I much like is _Measuring Uncertainty: An Elementary Introduction to Bayesian Statistics_ by S.A. Schmitt.
Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley 1969 The date clearly implies that it is a long way from the present frontier, but it was written to focus on a bundle of related ideas, not to be bang up-to-date, so it ages remarkably well. Schmitt worked in intelligence, didn't as far as I know publish anything else, and died young. Long out of print but used copies can be found quite cheaply.
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3:20 PM
@NickCox thanks for the book 😮. Never heard of that.
 

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