The Coles Science Center at Bobst Library Presents the Coles Science Salon Series

What They Don't Teach You in Statistics Courses

by Kaiser Fung, MBA

When Nobel winner Daniel Kahneman was not busy creating the foundations of behavioral economics, he determined that statistical thinking is an unnatural activity; even experts sometimes fail at it. Yet, from stock charts to test scores, from theme parks to traffic jams, from credit cards to medical tests, statistics influence all aspects of our lives. Using examples from his recently published book Numbers Rule Your World, statistician Kaiser Fung will discuss some key statistical ideas—things they surprisingly don’t teach you in statistics classes. In addition, popular accounts of scientific innovations typically leave out the convoluted, imperfect process by which they enter everyday life. The adoption of statistical science provides a fertile backdrop for investigating this process.

DATE: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TIME: 6:00-7:00pm

PLACE: 10th Floor Exchange Space, NW corner of 10th Floor, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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