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Struck by lightning : the curious world of probabilities

Author: Jeffrey S Rosenthal
Publisher: Washington, DC : Joseph Henry Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explains the mechanics of randomness in order to help people develop an informed perspective on probability and recognize how many aspects of life are ruled by uncertainty and randomness.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey S Rosenthal
ISBN: 0309097371 9780309097376 0309097347 9780309097345
OCLC Number: 62742569
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 264 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Surrounded by randomness: probabilities everywhere --
What are the odds of that? Coincidence and surprise --
Laying down the law: why casinos always win --
Dealing the cards: bridge, poker, and blackjack --
Murder most foul: measuring trends --
Utility functions: how to make decisions --
White lab coats: what studies do and don't show --
Ain't gonna happen: very low probabilities --
Interlude: the case of the collapsing casino --
Fifty-one percent to forty-nine percent: the true meaning of polls --
Nineteen times out of twenty: margins of error --
Randomness to the rescue: when uncertainty is your friend --
Evolution, genes, and viruses: randomness in biology --
That wily Monty Hall: finding probabilities from clues --
Spam, spam, probability, and spam: blocking unwanted e-mail --
Ignorance, chaos, and quantum mechanics: causes of randomness --
Final exam: do you have probability perspective?
Responsibility: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal.
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