The risk of dying from COVID-19 varies from person to person.
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It’s not entirely accurate to say that you’re more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash. Chances are, you’re not the average person.
Monte Carlo simulations can predict different potential outcomes because they provide for the presence of random variables or elements.
Tiny changes, like a butterfly’s wing flapping, can be amplified downstream in a chaotic system.
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Part of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for work modeling Earth’s climate using its chaotic, complex weather. To scientists, chaos lies in the gray zone between randomness and predictability.
Is everything predetermined, or is it all random? Or is there something in between that we call free will that defies our attempts to explain it?
If it’s impossible to accurately predict the future then there may be limits to how smart artificial intelligence can become.
Recounting very close races is not enough to ensure election integrity.
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The best way to protect elections is to plan and prepare for an audit of the results after the votes are cast.
More and more evidence shows evolution isn’t as random as often thought.
When a player’s on fire, is it hot hands?
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For 30 years, sports fans have been told to forget about streaks because the ‘hot hand’ is a fallacy. But a reanalysis says not so fast: Statistics show players really are in the zone sometimes.
What if the person flipping the coin cheats?
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A new way to generate random numbers can improve mathematics, cybersecurity and even predictions about the future. How does it work, and what does it mean for us?
Don’t worry, I’ve run the mathematical simulations.
It’s 30 years since the release of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Here’s why he got away with it.
How hard is it to build a random number generator?
The math behind all the probabilities being discussed for tonight’s Powerball drawing assumes each number is equally likely to be chosen. Is that what really happens?