Speaker Name(s): Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, PhD Description: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, PhD
Department of Statistics, University of Toronto, www.probability.ca
Probabilities and randomness arise whenever we're not sure what will happen next. They apply to everything from lottery jackpots to airplane crashes, casino gambling, homicide rates, medical studies, election polls, avian flu, coincidences, and games of poker. They are also essential for statistical inference and for Monte Carlo computer algorithms. This talk (inspired by the author's recent book, "Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities") will explore uncertainty's ubiquity, and discuss how a Probability Perspective can shed new light on familiar situations.