Having read around on the topic I understand its application as a close approximation of the normal distribution with a nicer mathematical form, but where does its name come from?

Is it associated with computer logic and its binary nature?


1 Answer 1


The cumulative distribution function of the logistic distribution is the logistic function

$$ F(x) = \frac{1}{1+e^{-(x-\mu)/s}} $$

For an explanation of where the logistic function got its name, check the What does the name "Logistic Regression" mean? thread.

  • $\begingroup$ well shoot, I had always assumed that its name came from the inherent limits regarding the detailed coordination of a complex operation... e.g. "logistics" $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 18:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.