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Statistics functions in packages

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  • Subject: [mg26830] Statistics functions in packages
  • From: "Tom De Vries" <tdevries at>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 01:13:12 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Hello, I posted a question earlier about using Statistics packages in user
defined packages.  I was having some trouble with the imported functions not
being recognized.

Thanks to David Park for the suggestion he made that fixed the problem.

Here is a simple example....

Suppose you want to use the function  NormalDistribution in a package you
have created.

NormalDistribution is in the Statistics`NormalDistribution`  package. 
However, what worked for me was to place Statistics`NormalDistribution`  
and Statistics`Common`DistributionsCommon` in the BeginPackage line of my

I don't know if that made any sense, or if there is something else I should
have done, but that has worked.   

Is that the way to correctly do things....  if a function is in a "common"
package, put the package name and the common package name in the
BeginPackage line?

Thanks again to the many helpers in this group!  It really is an amazing
resource and I always appreciate the time that is spent helping out.

Tom De Vries

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