American Statistical Association
I will present some of the problems from my book "Classic Problems of Probability.” The problems in the book can broadly be classified into three categories: historical, decision-theoretic, and recreational. In the historical section, I will discuss the pioneering works of Cardano, Pascal and Fermat, Jacob Bernoulli, and Bayes. The decision-theoretic problems discussed will include Pascal's Wager (which is an argument for belief in God), Kraitchick's neckties, and Newcomb's paradox. Finally, I will briefly review some of the recreational problems, namely Pepys-Newton, Buffon's needle, Bertrand's chords, Lewis Carroll's pillow problem 72, Monty-Hall, and Parrondo's paradox.
Prakash Gorroochurn, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University, where he is also a statistical consultant in the School of Social Work. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematical Population Genetics from Monash University, Australia, in 1999. He is Associate Editor of the journal BMC Genetics. Dr. Gorroochurn's main areas of research interest include mathematical population genetics, genetic epidemiology, and the history of probability and statistics.
|Date:||Thursday, September 20, 2012|
|Time:||3:30 - 4:30 P.M.|
Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
722 West 168th Street
New York, New York