Classic distribution potential

Discussion in 'English Only' started by AlexanderIII, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. AlexanderIII

    AlexanderIII Senior Member

    Moscow
    Russian
    Dear all,
    this is from the story by Adam Johnson Hurricanes Anonymous.


    "I got the boy his shots, okay?"
    "That's good, Randall, ... have you ever seen a child with rubella? My Lord, and this is when it happens, after a disaster. Classic distribution potential.
    "

    I can see that this is something (pseudo-?)scientific, something like Gaussian (normal) distribution. But why "potential"? Could you explain the sentence in question please?
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    Potential (n.) -> possibility; future capability to perform (in a particular way)

    Classic distribution = Gaussian (normal) distribution

    Classic distribution potential." -> It has the capability of being distributed in the usual statistical manner.
     
  3. AlexanderIII

    AlexanderIII Senior Member

    Moscow
    Russian
    I see. Thank you, PaulQ. But what is distributed? The number of rubella's victims? The number of rubella pathogens? I understand that this is not told in the text, but can we guess what the protagonist is speaking about?
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016

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