Although this is a fixed picture, simulating the buildup of a quasi-Gaussian distribution in an amimation of a pinball machine, it shows how random sampling builds a distribution. Here, you can watch a large number of balls fall through a pin array, to land in collecting bins, which become columns showing the populations across a distributon of deviations from the most likely position, which we call the mean, or average. The graphic comes by way of Rick Berger, apparently from Burke Brown.
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2000 12:58:11 -0800 From: Rick E Berger [firstname.lastname@example.org] Reply-To: email@example.com To: Roger Nelson [rdnelson@Princeton.EDU] Subject: pic Hey Roger, You might enjoy embedding this in your emails! best Rick [Stolen from Burke Brown]