Using a large number of specially selected imaginary object colors which are metameric with respect to one set of color-mixture functions, the spatial distribution of these colors with respect to the other set of color-mixture functions provides an illustrative means of measuring the total difference of the two sets of color-mixture functions. The spatial distribution follows a normal trivariate distribution law which allows the computation of an ellipsoid that is expected to contain 95% of all theoretically and practically possible object colors of the same class used to calculate that ellipsoid. A numerical example involving the color-mixture functions of the 1931 CIE standard observer and the color-mixture functions derived from the Stiles 10° pilot data demonstrates the theory.
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