The Name ``Omegahat''

When the 7 of us started this project, Ross Ihaka suggested the name ``Omega'', indicating that this was ``it''. However, that name conflicted with at least two other projects and the corresponding domain name had been previously registered with inter-NIC. Diane Lambert suggested Omega-hat, giving it a statistical flavor of estimating the real ``Omega''. This eases the pressure on us as all we have to do is get close to where we intended! It also gives us potential for more amusing logos. And for those Linux and RedHat users among us, there is an additional appeal.