Probability and Statistics for Fun

with Roberto Altschul

Class Description

Probability and Statistics for Fun and for Good Citizenship A newspaper reports the results from a poll at some error level. What does that mean? What relevant information may be missing in the article? Why do experiments fail? How should an experiment be planned so it leads to useful information? Why are results sometimes misinterpreted? Did Truman lose to Dewey? And did Roosevelt lose the election in 1936? Can an airline seem to do better than another one, but not really? How likely is it that the door I buy at the hardware store will fit in my kitchen? What is the Monte Hall problem, and was Marilyn vos Savant correct? Are coins fair? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, in Tom Stoppard’s play, flipped ninety consecutive coins, which have come up heads ninety consecutive times. Is that possible? A woman wins consecutive lotteries; is that surprising? Want to find out how Hiawatha designed an experiment? What does an applied mathematician do? And a statistician? Join my class to learn how probability and statistics help us understand these brain teasers. IN PERSON Wednesdays: 1:30pm - 3:00pm Class Limit: 20

  • Starts Sep 28
  • 40 US dollars
  • In Person

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Class fees will be refunded 100% if an instructor cancels class or a student drops before the second meeting of the class.

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3841 NE 123rd St, Seattle, WA, USA