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Probability

  • by Lawrence Mark Lesser

    At our next infant wellness visit,
    the pediatrician plots
    our only child’s weight on
    paper ruled
    by increasing bands
    with concavity ill-suited
    for extrapolation.

    Kilograms or pounds,
    it’s 40th percentile, down
    from the 60th percentile.
    Having delivered well
    into “advanced maternal age,” my wife
    frowns (“we aren’t feeding him enough!”).
    I say it just fell

    half a sigma and
    we’re still well
    within the fat
    part of the bell curve –
    it’s normal –
    this won’t be one
    of our worries.

  • by Lawrence Mark Lesser

    Some maintain hate
    Speech doesn’t cause
    Violence, that
    Casualties aren’t

    Causal-ties
    ‘Cause we can’t
    Predict the
    People:

    Yet another othering
    When words trigger
    Someone past the post hoc
    Point of madness.

    This “random” violence isn’t:
    Did the shooter flick
    A spinner to choose
    His aim?

  • Q: What does a father teach his kids to understand the world of uncertainty? 

    A: ProbabiliDAD!

    Larry Lesser

     

  • What does a Geometric random variable become after sampling some coffee without replacement?

    Answer: A Hypergeometric variable!

    Sara Venkatraman

  • How many statisticians does it take to change a light bulb?

    Answer: That depends on the model

    Robert Weiss

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