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|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||xi, 252 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Peering through the eyepiece of randomness : the hidden role of chance : when human beings can be outperformed by a rat --
The laws of truths and half-truths : the basic principles of probability and how they are abused : why a good story is often less likely to be true than a flimsy explanation --
Finding your way through a space of possibilities : a framework for thinking about random situations : from a gambler in plague-ridden Italy to Let's Make a Deal --
Tracking the pathways to success : how to count the number of ways in which events can happen, and why it matters : the mathematical meaning of expectation --
The dueling laws of large and small numbers : the extent to which probabilities are reflected in the results we observe : Zeno's paradox, the concept of limits, and beating the casino at roulette --
False positives and positive fallacies : how to adjust expectations in light of past events or new knowledge : mistakes in conditional probability from medical screening to the O.J. Simpson trial and the prosecutor's fallacy --
Measurement and the law of errors : the meaning and lack of meaning in measurements : the bell curve and wine ratings, political polls, grades, and the position of planets --
The order in chaos : how large numbers can wash out the disorder of randomness : or why 200,000,000 drivers form a creature of habit --
Illusions of patterns and patterns of illusion : why we are often fooled by the regularities in chance events : can a million consecutive zeroes or the success of Wall Street gurus be random? --
The drunkard's walk : why chance is a more fundamental conception than causality : Bruce Willis, Bill Gates, and the normal accident theory of life.