A short story that might be used in an out-of-class assignment to understand lifetime distributions. The story was written by Ben Marshall of FaithLife Financial in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. The story took first place in the 2007 Society of Actuaries 7th annual Speculative Fiction Contest.
A short story that might be used in an out of class assignment to explore life tables and the expected value of an annuity. The story was written by Steve Mathys from One America Companies. The story won second place in the Society of Actuaries 7th annual Speculative Fiction Contest in 2007.
A poem to develop an understanding of permutations. A question like "Why is the word importunate used in a poem about a permutation?" will help the conversation. The poem was written by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2017.
A game to help with the active learning of the kinds of applied scenarios that are appropriately modeled by distributions covered in an upper division undergraduate or masters level probability course. The game is part of the Distributome.org probability resources developed by Ivo Dinov (University of Michigan), Dennis Pearl (Penn State University), and Kyle Siegrist (University of Alabama).
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A quote to aid in discussing the idea that uncertainty is undesirable but knowledge of it is desirable in statistics. The quote is by British actress and writer Frances Anne Kemble (1809 â€“ 1893) written in 1838 and quoted in the 1972 book Fanny Kemble Wister, editor, "Fanny: The American Kemble: her journals and unpublished letters."
A quote to aid in discussing the foundational idea in statistics of the importance of understanding the nature of uncertainty. The quote is by Israeli-American educator, computer scientist, and co-founder of the Coursera online platform Daphne Koller (1968 - ). The quote is found in the May 3, 2008 New York Times story on Dr. Koller.
A quote that might be used in examining the actual chance for winning lottery. The quote is by American author and social commentator Fran Lebowitz (1950 - ) and appeared in the 1994 book "Glibquips: Funny Words by Funny Women" edited by Roz Warren.
A quote that could be used in discussing the difference between probability (chance), which talks about the experiment about to happen, and luck, which talks about the results that have already happened. The quote is by American writer Amy Tan (1952 - ) from her 1991 novel "The Kitchen God's Wife."
A quote that could be used in discussing the idea that results of an individual experiment are random and highly variable compared with the stability of the "long run". The quote is by Native American author Mourning Dove (1884 â€“ 1936), also known as Christal Quintasket, in her 1927 novel "Cogewea, the Half-Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Cattle Range"