# Is Human Height Bimodal?

@article{Schilling2002IsHH, title={Is Human Height Bimodal?}, author={Mark Schilling and Ann E. Watkins and Will Watkins}, journal={The American Statistician}, year={2002}, volume={56}, pages={223 - 229} }

The combined distribution of heights of men and women has become the canonical illustration of bimodality when teaching introductory statistics. But is this example appropriate? This article investigates the conditions under which a mixture of two normal distributions is bimodal. A simple justification is presented that a mixture of equally weighted normal distributions with common standard deviation σ is bimodal if and only if the difference between the means of the distributions is greater… Expand

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