[R] Approximating discrete distribution by continuous distribution

Barry Rowlingson b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Tue Jan 22 13:39:17 CET 2013

On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Michael Haenlein
<haenlein at escpeurope.eu> wrote:

> I would like to find a continuous approximation of this discrete
> distribution in order to estimate the probability that a person is for
> example 16 years old.

 Given that people age continuously (and continually...), you sound
like you are trying to replace one discrete distribution with another
(discretised by year).

 A continuous distribution would give you, for example, the
probability that a person is between 16.0 and 16.1 years old.


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