Cancer Clusters by Random Allocation

Tuesday, January 22nd, 20132:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Presented by: Jeff Witmer, Oberlin College


If the rate of cancer in your small town is three times the national average, should you be alarmed? A short and simple activity that allocates cancer cases to random locations, using a pair of dice, shows that a rate of 3 or even 4 times the national average is not surprising.