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    what is a log normal?




    Hi there,

    I have a question regarding the log normal and normal distribution.

    What I think is that if Y has a normal distribution then X=log(Y) has log normal.

    Specifically in Wolfram: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LogNormalDistribution.html is written about lognormal:

    "A continuous distribution in which the logarithm of a variable has a normal distribution." which is a bit unclear: of what kind of variable?.

    In wikipedia about log normal:

    "In probability theory, a log-normal distribution is a probability distribution of a random variable whose logarithm is normally distributed. If Y is a random variable with a normal distribution, then X = exp(Y) has a log-normal distribution; likewise, if Y is log-normally distributed, then log(Y) is normally distributed"

    which is not the case I think.. Am I not correct?

    So what is correc?

    If Y is normal log(Y) is lognormal?
    or
    If Y is normal exp(Y) is lognormal?

    If the correct is the first one then wiki is wrong?

    Thanx in advance for any answers!!

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    If Y is normal, then exp(Y) is lognormal.
    Note the support of the Y is the set of real number
    but the domain of logarithm function is just the set of positive real number
    So log(Y) is not well defined

    Both wikipedia and mathworld are correct.
    "A continuous distribution in which the logarithm of a variable has a normal distribution."
    This sentence means if X ~ lognormal, then lnX ~ Normal

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    If Y is normal exp(Y) is lognormal

    log(x) will have more benefit than x.

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