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## News from the world of maths: What are the odds?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What are the chances of winning the lottery? How much of a football team's league position is due to luck and how much is due to skill? What are the chances of a false positive test result in security or medical screening? Which newspaper headlines are telling the truth? Can you spot a scam before you fall for it?

Probability and statistics help to provide answers to questions like these, but they are often misunderstood. The Millennium Mathematics Project (the home of *Plus*) and Winton Programme for the Public Understanding of Risk are addressing this with a new schools outreach project entitled *What are the
Odds? The Hands-On Risk and Probability Show*...

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*posted by Plus @ 1:02 PM*