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Unexpected expectations : the curiosities of a mathematical crystal ball

Author: Leonard M Wapner
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, ©2012.
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"Mathematical expectation or expected value represents the long-term average numerical outcome to an experiment performed a large number of times. Routinely used in the physical sciences, business, and economics, mathematical expectation has also been used to calculate strategies in games of chance and even to justify the belief in God. How can this expression, which is trivial to calculate, have such broad  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wapner, Leonard M., 1948-
Unexpected expectations.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard M Wapner
ISBN: 9781439867679 1439867674 1306499852 9781306499859
OCLC Number: 798535754
Notes: "An A K Peters book."
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 204 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Front Cover; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; The Crystal Ball; 1. Looking Back; 2. The ABCs of E; 3. Doing the Right Thing; 4. Aversion Perversion; 5. And the Envelope Please!; 6. Parrondo's Paradox: You Can Win for Losing; 7. Imperfect Recall; 8. Non-zero-sum Games: The Inadequacy of Individual Rationality; 9. Newcomb's Paradox; 10. Benford's Law; Let the Mystery Be!; Bibliography.
Responsibility: Leonard M. Wapner.
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"Mathematical expectation or expected value represents the long-term average numerical outcome to an experiment performed a large number of times. Routinely used in the physical sciences, business, and economics, mathematical expectation has also been used to calculate strategies in games of chance and even to justify the belief in God. How can this expression, which is trivial to calculate, have such broad applications and at the same time yield unexpected irresolvable paradoxes? In an easily accessible presentation, this book explores these puzzling and entertaining mysteries"--

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