How is this stuff calculated?

IQ normal distribution

The formula is:

1 / (φ(x+w/2) − φ(x−w/2))

where x is your IQ, w is the chosen window size1, and φ(x) is the percentile of x (φ being the cumulative distribution function). Both x and w are given in standard deviations (σ).

φ(x) calculates the area under the normal distribution curve from −∞ to x. So φ(x+w/2) − φ(x−w/2) calculates the area under the curve spanning the window of comprehension corresponding to x and w.

In the diagram, the orange area is the area under the curve correpsonding to an IQ of 1.5σ (about 123) and a window of 1σ (15 points).

The number of people you have to meet to find one in your window is then the quotient of the population (1) and the the size of the area associated with the window (about 1 / 0.25 = 4 in the example).

1 It's actually w−1 due to a fencepost issue.

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