# To My Beloved Texas, a Note About Last Night

An open letter of my feelings about Beto’s loss.

# What is a Student's t-Distribution?

Despite the ubiquity of the t-distribution in classrooms, it often simply with only with one piece of advice: "use the $$t$$-distribution for small sample sizes and the normal distribution (a $$Z$$ distribution) for larger ones". Supposedly, according to every introductory statistics class, a t-distribution is supposed to work better because of of mythical fatter tails.

Let us deconstruct this ubiquitous distribution a little bit, and hopefully learn what these mythical fat tails do.