Bell Curve


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Bell Curve

A curve on a chart in which most data points cluster around the median and become less frequent the farther they fall to either side of the median. When plotted on a chart, a bell curve looks roughly like a bell.
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A majority of social scientists accept the latter notion, recently advanced in The Bell Curve by political scientist Charles Murray and the late psychologist Richard J.
Take a quarter billion people and drop them on a bell curve, and you will find some of everything.
Since then, Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray have published The Bell Curve, which makes claims for the triumph of the SAT meritocracy that make Baltzell's seem super-cautious, and I have been working on my own book about the history of the American meritocracy.
Q: A lot of people objected quite strenuously to the idea of applying science that way in Charles Murray's book, The Bell Curve.
The resulting number is plotted on a bell curve used to determine that period's star rating.
For example, his chapter on belief in racial differences in intelligence presents a reasonable critique of Robert Herrnstein and Charles Murray's The Bell Curve, based on the slippery definition of the concept of "race.
Performance in the typical work force is on a bell curve, just as it is in the classroom, Grant says.
The same periodical flashed the go-signal that The Bell Curve was worthy of serious consideration by treating it to a cover story.
His last appearance was on Friday, October 28, and the topic was an odious book, The Bell Curve.
We've been watching the Web services bell curve shift as our customers successfully make the transition from traditional architectures with Web services, to more broad-based service-oriented architectures," said Frank Grossman, Mindreef president and co-founder.
It is a little like saying that because IQ scores and missile impacts around a target both obey a Gaussian bell curve, they must share an underlying mechanism.
The Bell Curve theory a couple of years ago sparked national debate by suggesting that blacks scored lower than whites on IQ tests because they are genetically inferior.