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<p align = right> Joe Doob<br>
 
<p align = right> Joe Doob<br>
 
[http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/Doob/conversation.html Statistical Science]<br>
 
[http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/Doob/conversation.html Statistical Science]<br>
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==Forsooth==
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Peter Winkler suggested the following forsooth.
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Texas beats Ohio State in their opening game
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of the season (Saturday Sept 10 2002).  The sportscasters observe that of the 14 teams who have
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previously played in the championship game (at the end of each season) 5
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have suffered an earlier defeat.  "Thus," they conclude, "Ohio State can
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still make it to the championship game, but their chances are now less
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than 59%."

Revision as of 19:24, 25 September 2005

Sept 26 2005 to Oct 15 2005

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While writing my book [Stochastic Processes] I had an argument with Feller [Introuction to Probability Theory and its Applications]. He asserted that everyone said "random variable" and I asserted that everyone said "chance variable." We obviously had to use the same name in our books, so we decided the issue by a stochastic procedure. That is, we tossed for it and he won.

Joe Doob
Statistical Science

Forsooth

Peter Winkler suggested the following forsooth.

Texas beats Ohio State in their opening game of the season (Saturday Sept 10 2002). The sportscasters observe that of the 14 teams who have previously played in the championship game (at the end of each season) 5 have suffered an earlier defeat. "Thus," they conclude, "Ohio State can still make it to the championship game, but their chances are now less than 59%."