Chance News 7
Sept 26 2005 to Oct 15 2005
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.
Peter Winkler suggested our first forsooth.
Texas beats Ohio State in their opening game
of the season (Saturday Sept 10 2002). One of the sportscasters (legendary Brent Musburger on play-by-play or Gary Danielson on analysis) observed 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
What is wrong with this?
Fortunes's Formula: Wanna Bet?
NewYork Times, September 25, 2005
This is the kind of review that every science writer dreams of. The concluding remarks are
"Fortunes's Formula" may be the world's first history book,gambling primer, mathematics text, economics manual, personal finane guide and joke book in a single volute. Poundstone comes acrross like the best college professor you ever had, someone who can turn almost any technical topic into an entertaining and zesty lecture. But every now and then, you can't help wishing there were some teaching assistents on hand to helpl.<\blockquote>