Diaconis, Persi
Overview
Works:  260 works in 573 publications in 3 languages and 4,748 library holdings 

Genres:  History Puzzles and games Conference papers and proceedings Biography Autobiographies Academic theses 
Roles:  Author, Thesis advisor, Other, Editor, Author of introduction, htt 
Classifications:  GV1549, 519.2 
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about
Persi Diaconis
 Stanford University, Computer Science Department, Stanford Computer Forum Distinguished Lecture Series, video recordings by Stanford University( )
 Martin Gardner papers by Martin Gardner( )
Most widely held works by
Persi Diaconis
Magical mathematics : the mathematical ideas that animate great magic tricks by
Persi Diaconis(
)
28 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, funtoperform card tricksand the profound mathematical ideas behind themthat will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, stepbystep instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge. For example, the Gilbreath principlea fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffledis found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem. Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the storiesand reveals the best tricksof the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic streetgambling scam of threecard monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trickand much more"
28 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, funtoperform card tricksand the profound mathematical ideas behind themthat will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, stepbystep instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge. For example, the Gilbreath principlea fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffledis found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem. Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the storiesand reveals the best tricksof the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic streetgambling scam of threecard monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trickand much more"
Ten great ideas about chance by
Persi Diaconis(
Book
)
18 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book tells the story of ten great ideas about chance and the thinkers who developed them, tracing the philosophical implications of these ideas as well as their mathematical impact. Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms begin with Gerolamo Cardano, a sixteenthcentury physician, mathematician, and professional gambler who helped develop the idea that chance actually can be measured. They describe how later thinkers showed how the judgment of chance also can be measured, how frequency is related to chance, and how chance, judgment, and frequency could be unified. Diaconis and Skyrms explain how Thomas Bayes laid the foundation of modern statistics, and they explore David Hume's problem of induction, Andrey Kolmogorov's general mathematical framework for probability, the application of computability to chance, and why chance is essential to modern physics. A final ideathat we are psychologically predisposed to error when judging chanceis taken up through the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Complete with a brief probability refresher, Ten Great Ideas about Chance is certain to be a hit with anyone who wants to understand the secrets of probability and how they were discovered."Jacket
18 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, and finance to physics and computer science. This book tells the story of ten great ideas about chance and the thinkers who developed them, tracing the philosophical implications of these ideas as well as their mathematical impact. Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms begin with Gerolamo Cardano, a sixteenthcentury physician, mathematician, and professional gambler who helped develop the idea that chance actually can be measured. They describe how later thinkers showed how the judgment of chance also can be measured, how frequency is related to chance, and how chance, judgment, and frequency could be unified. Diaconis and Skyrms explain how Thomas Bayes laid the foundation of modern statistics, and they explore David Hume's problem of induction, Andrey Kolmogorov's general mathematical framework for probability, the application of computability to chance, and why chance is essential to modern physics. A final ideathat we are psychologically predisposed to error when judging chanceis taken up through the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Complete with a brief probability refresher, Ten Great Ideas about Chance is certain to be a hit with anyone who wants to understand the secrets of probability and how they were discovered."Jacket
Ecole d'été de probabilités de SaintFlour XVXVII, 198587 by
1985  17, 1987, SaintFlour) Ecole d'Eté de Probabilités (15(
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)
21 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and French and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume contains detailed, workedout notes of six main courses given at the SaintFlour Summer Schools from 1985 to 1987
21 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and French and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume contains detailed, workedout notes of six main courses given at the SaintFlour Summer Schools from 1985 to 1987
Decision space : multidimensional utility analysis by
Paul Weirich(
)
2 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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2 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Group representations in probability and statistics by
Persi Diaconis(
Book
)
13 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This ebook is the product of Project Euclid and its mission to advance scholarly communication in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid was developed and deployed by the Cornell University Library and is jointly managed by Cornell and the Duke University Press
13 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This ebook is the product of Project Euclid and its mission to advance scholarly communication in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid was developed and deployed by the Cornell University Library and is jointly managed by Cornell and the Duke University Press
Stein's method : expository lectures and applications(
Book
)
13 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This ebook is the product of Project Euclid and its mission to advance scholarly communication in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid was developed and deployed by the Cornell University Library and is jointly managed by Cornell and the Duke University Press
13 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This ebook is the product of Project Euclid and its mission to advance scholarly communication in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid was developed and deployed by the Cornell University Library and is jointly managed by Cornell and the Duke University Press
Discrete probability and algorithms by
D. J Aldous(
)
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discrete probability theory and the theory of algorithms have become close partners over the last ten years, though the roots of this partnership go back much longer. The papers in this volume address the latest developments in this active field. They are from the IMA Workshops "Probability and Algorithms" and "The Finite Markov Chain Renaissance." They represent the current thinking of many of the world's leading experts in the field. Researchers and graduate students in probability, computer science, combinatorics, and optimization theory will all be interested in this collection of articles. The techniques developed and surveyed in this volume are still undergoing rapid development, and many of the articles of the collection offer an expositionally pleasant entree into a research area of growing importance
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discrete probability theory and the theory of algorithms have become close partners over the last ten years, though the roots of this partnership go back much longer. The papers in this volume address the latest developments in this active field. They are from the IMA Workshops "Probability and Algorithms" and "The Finite Markov Chain Renaissance." They represent the current thinking of many of the world's leading experts in the field. Researchers and graduate students in probability, computer science, combinatorics, and optimization theory will all be interested in this collection of articles. The techniques developed and surveyed in this volume are still undergoing rapid development, and many of the articles of the collection offer an expositionally pleasant entree into a research area of growing importance
Probabilistic combinatorics and its applications by
Béla Bollobás(
)
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Group representations in probability and statistics by
Persi Diaconis(
Book
)
5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
École d'Été de Probabilités de SaintFlour XVXVII, 198587(
)
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interpreting probability : controversies and developments in the early twentieth century by
David Howie(
)
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The term probability can be used in two main senses. In the frequency interpretation it is a limiting ratio in a sequence of repeatable events. In the Bayesian view, probability is a mental construct representing uncertainty. This book is about these two types of probability and investigates how, despite being adopted by scientists and statisticians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Bayesianism was discredited as a theory of scientific inference during the 1920s and 1930s. Through the examination of a dispute between two British scientists, the author argues that a choice between the two interpretations is not forced by pure logic or the mathematics of the situation, but depends on the experiences and aims of the individuals involved. The book should be of interest to students and scientists interested in statistics and probability theories and to general readers with an interest in the history, sociology and philosophy of science
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The term probability can be used in two main senses. In the frequency interpretation it is a limiting ratio in a sequence of repeatable events. In the Bayesian view, probability is a mental construct representing uncertainty. This book is about these two types of probability and investigates how, despite being adopted by scientists and statisticians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Bayesianism was discredited as a theory of scientific inference during the 1920s and 1930s. Through the examination of a dispute between two British scientists, the author argues that a choice between the two interpretations is not forced by pure logic or the mathematics of the situation, but depends on the experiences and aims of the individuals involved. The book should be of interest to students and scientists interested in statistics and probability theories and to general readers with an interest in the history, sociology and philosophy of science
Ecole d'Eté de Probabilités de SaintFlour by
Ecole d'été de probabilités de SaintFlour(
Book
)
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Undiluted hocuspocus : the autobiography of Martin Gardner by
Martin Gardner(
Book
)
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The late "Scientific American" columnist who published books on topics ranging from magic and math to philosophy and religion chronicles his life, from his childhood to his service in the Navy to his varied professional pursuits
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The late "Scientific American" columnist who published books on topics ranging from magic and math to philosophy and religion chronicles his life, from his childhood to his service in the Navy to his varied professional pursuits
The analysis of sequential experiments with feedback to subjects by
Persi Diaconis(
Book
)
9 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A problem arising in taste testing, medical, and parapsychology experiments can be modeled as follows. A deck of n cards contains c(i) cards labeled i, 1 <or = i <or = r. A subject guesses at the cards sequentially. After each guess the subject is told the card just guessed (or at least if the guess was correct or not). We determine the optimal and worst case strategies for subjects and the distribution of the number of correct guesses under these strategies. We show how to use skill scoring to evaluate such experiments in a way which (asymptotically) does not depend on the subject's strategy
9 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A problem arising in taste testing, medical, and parapsychology experiments can be modeled as follows. A deck of n cards contains c(i) cards labeled i, 1 <or = i <or = r. A subject guesses at the cards sequentially. After each guess the subject is told the card just guessed (or at least if the guess was correct or not). We determine the optimal and worst case strategies for subjects and the distribution of the number of correct guesses under these strategies. We show how to use skill scoring to evaluate such experiments in a way which (asymptotically) does not depend on the subject's strategy
Revelations by
Dai Vernon(
Book
)
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Algebraic algorithms for sampling from conditional distributions by
Bernd Sturmfels(
Book
)
5 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Abstract: "We construct Markov chain algorithms for sampling from discrete exponential families conditional on a sufficient statistic. Examples include generating tables with fixed row and column sums and higher dimensional analogs. The algorithms involve finding bases for associated polynomial ideals and so an excursion into computational algebraic geometry."
5 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Abstract: "We construct Markov chain algorithms for sampling from discrete exponential families conditional on a sufficient statistic. Examples include generating tables with fixed row and column sums and higher dimensional analogs. The algorithms involve finding bases for associated polynomial ideals and so an excursion into computational algebraic geometry."
Updating subjective probability by
Persi Diaconis(
Book
)
6 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper discusses some of the mathematical properties of Jeffrey's rule for revising a probability P to a new probability P*, connecting it with sufficient partitions, and maximum entropy updating of contingency tables. The main results concern simultaneous revision on two partitions
6 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper discusses some of the mathematical properties of Jeffrey's rule for revising a probability P to a new probability P*, connecting it with sufficient partitions, and maximum entropy updating of contingency tables. The main results concern simultaneous revision on two partitions
A Note on NonLinear Functions of Linear Combinations by
Stanford University(
Book
)
5 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Projection pursuit algorithms approximate a function of p variables by a sum of nonlinear functions of linear combinations. We develop some approximation theory, give a necessary and sufficient condition for equality in (1), and discuss nonuniqueness of the representation. (Author)
5 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Projection pursuit algorithms approximate a function of p variables by a sum of nonlinear functions of linear combinations. We develop some approximation theory, give a necessary and sufficient condition for equality in (1), and discuss nonuniqueness of the representation. (Author)
Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory by
Robert C Koons(
)
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ecole d'été de probabilités de Saint_Flour 25.27., 198587(
Book
)
1 edition published in 1988 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1 edition published in 1988 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 Graham, Ronald L. 1935
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Algorithms Approximation theory Bayesian statistical decision theory Birth and death processes (Stochastic processes) Bobrow, Daniel G.(Daniel Gureasko), Bootstrap (Statistics) Card tricks Chance Combinatorial probabilities Computer engineering Computer programs Decision making Diaconis, Persi Diffusion processes Distribution (Probability theory) Feedback (Psychology) Fisher, Ronald Aylmer,Sir, Fourier analysis Gardner, Martin, Group theory Hertzfeld, Andy Jeffreys, Harold, Journalists Large deviations Lenat, Douglas B Limit theorems (Probability theory) Magicians Magic tricks Markov processes Markov processesMathematical models Mathematical recreations Mathematical statistics Mathematics MathematicsSocial aspects Miller, William F Nishi, Yoshio Probabilities Random fields Random graphs Reid, Brian K Science SciencePhilosophy ScienceSocial aspects Science writers Shoch, John F Stein, Charles, Stochastic processes United States Utility theory Wirth, Niklaus
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Diaconis, P.
Diaconis, P. 1945
Diaconis, P. (Persi)
Diaconis, P. (Persi), 1945
Diaconis, Persi W.
Diaconis Persi Warren
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