Galton Board and the Regression to the Mean - Show 277

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 815 views

Also, see www.GaltonBoard.com. It was in 1876 in a Victorian workshop rather like this one that Sir Francis Galton constructed a contraption called the Galton Board. The Galton Board is a 7.5” by 4.5” desktop probability machine. This delightful little device brings to life the statistical concept of normal distribution. As you rotate the Galton Board on its axis, you set into motion a flow of steel beads that bounce with equal probability to the left or right through several rows of pegs. As the beads accumulate in the bins, they approximate the bell curve, as shown by the yellow line on the front of the Galton board. This hands-on Galton Board allows you to visualize the order embedded in the chaos of randomness.

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