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still make it to the championship game, but their chances are now less  
 
still make it to the championship game, but their chances are now less  
 
than 59%."</blockquote>
 
than 59%."</blockquote>
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What is wrong with this?

Revision as of 19:34, 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 our first 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%."

Discussion

What is wrong with this?