Persi Diaconis - Chance and Evidence | University of Oxford

Persi Diaconis - Chance and Evidence

Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Lecture Theatre L1, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Event cost
n/a
Information for visitors with disabilities

Accessible

Target audience
Parents, Students, Teachers
Age range
Age 16-17 (year 12), Age 17-18 (year 13)
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In this lecture Persi Diaconis will take a look at some of our most primitive images of chance - flipping a coin, rolling a roulette wheel and shuffling cards - and via a little bit of mathematics (and a smidgen of physics) show that sometimes things are not very random at all. Indeed chance is sometimes confused with frequency and this confusion carries over to a confusion between chance and evidence. All of which explains our wild misuse of probability and statistical models.

Persi Diaconis is the co-author of 'Ten Great Ideas about Chance (2017) and is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University.

5-6pm
Mathematical Institute
Oxford

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

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