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The Binomial, Normal, and Poisson Distributions Compared

The Binomial, Normal, and Poisson Distributions Compared

This applet graphs the Poisson and normal approximations to a specified binomial distribution. The user may select the values of n and p to be used.


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Joel Vaughan
Joel Vaughan (Student)
10 years ago
The applet shows the relationships among these distributions well. In order to fully appreciate this, students must be aware of the relationships to begin with.
David Childers
David Childers (Student)
10 years ago
Though this applet does provide a good display of the three distributions (binomial, poisson, and normal) on the same graph, the set-up is a bit misleading. Since the normal distribution shifts as the value of 'p' is altered, the user may think that 'p' is a parameter associated with a normal distribution.
feifei sun
feifei sun (Student)
11 years ago
This is a very useful toos for Elementary Statistics class because I can do simulation by changing the value of n and p. The same data can present different pictures. It is amazing.