Coffee, moe and statistics

If you follow my GitHub account, you may have already seen my homage to one of my most-rewatched series, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? (i.e., GochiUsa). It’s another slice of life show about several girls working as waitresses in a European-style town with rabbits. The plot is the usual: making friends, overcoming not-so-dramatic challenges, etc. And lots of rabbits. Half the jokes are about rabbits. I guess that’s to be expected from the title. Light-hearted fluff, but as we’ve already established, that’s what I’m all about.

(The backstory behind the repository linked above is that, at some point, we were asked to tag all Human Cell Atlas-funded projects with the #human-cell-atlas tag, presumably to show what a great job the HCA was doing at funding useful projects. So, I made this repository and gave it the HCA tag, with the grand plan being to make it go viral with stars. So, when the time came to look for HCA-funded projects on GitHub, this baby would top the list! Ho ho ho. Problem was that I didn’t have enough pull to make it go viral, and even if I did, people apparently have too much shame to star such an embarrassing repo.)

Anyway, I was re-watching GochiUsa for the umpteenth time when I came across this gem. This is Episode 3 of the second season; the girls are submitting entries to an art competition, and their various personalities are manifesting in their art style. Apparently one of the girls has pretty normal drawings, leading to the following quote:

Oh, but Megu-chan, it is - thanks to the central limit theorem! It’s the number one excuse of any practitioner who needs a figleaf to justify their model.

Damn straight! The math is so nice and easy when you can assume normality.

On a related note, I would like to buy these books and put them on my shelf at work and mess with my coworkers.

Written on October 8, 2019