# Is the term Gaussian distribution the preferred term?

Is "Gaussian" the term preferred over "normal" when speaking of the distribution to which these names have been attached? Are they both referring to the same thing?

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These are equivalent. Both are correct. –  Did Sep 21 '11 at 7:27
My impression is that probabilists and statisticians say "normal" and the word "Guassian" is used only by other people. –  Michael Hardy Sep 21 '11 at 12:11
My probability theory prof in grad school only used "Gaussian." He always said, "There's nothing 'normal' about the Gaussian distribution." Physicists tend to use "Gaussian," too. –  Mike Spivey Sep 21 '11 at 15:18
Edwin Jaynes proposed calling it the central distribution. –  Michael Hardy Sep 21 '11 at 19:12