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  • 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

    ‘Cause we can’t
    Predict the

    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