Blog posts tagged "statistics".

Survivorship Bias and Understanding Your Data

In this post I'd like to share one of my favourite statistics-related stories. It is a story with a message that in hindsight seems so obvious, yet for many is not clear at the beginning. It is also a good reminder for all of us to check our assumptions when asking questions and to check if our conclusions match the scenarios we find ourselves in.

Written: June 2, 2021

Tags: statistics, mathematics, history

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Are you random? How Computers Generate Random Numbers from Non-Random Things

It turns out that being random is difficult for humans. If this is true, how can we expect our well-behaved computers to be random? I discuss a simple way in which computers generate "seemly" random numbers and conduct an experiment to see how random I am.

Written: May 12, 2021

Tags: statistics, mathematics, programming

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