Pfhorrest wrote:Ok I think I need a bit more explanation. I get that "Student's t Distribution" is a kind of statistical distribution, and the joke involves punning on the pseudonym "Student" by taking it to mean the t distribution of schoolkids, and that their t distribution is being replaced by the teacher's instead. But, visually, what the heck are the things being moved around? I get that they are shaped like distribution curves but... are they displays in a science fair or something? Is that a piece of paper on the desk next to them? Is that of some significance? I'm lost, visually.
thevicente wrote:I don't get even what the stick figure is doing and what is that with that piece of paper.
The figure is testing to see if the Student's T-distribution fits his data. Except that, instead of using calculations to do so, this is presented as literally trying to fit a distribution (represented as a four-foot-wide cardboard cutout) to his data (represented by a sheet of paper.) The cardboard cutout is symbolic and not really part of the joke. The joke is that if there is a Student's T-distribution, then there must be an even better Teacher's T-distribution, by analogy to a teacher's edition of a math textbook which includes annotations and more complete solutions than the students' edition.
I hear velociraptor tastes like chicken.