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enUnderstanding uncertainty: ESP and Bayes
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<p>In the previous article we looked at a psychological study which claims to provide evidence that certain types of extra-sensory perception exist, using a statistical method called significance testing. But do the results of the study really justify this conclusion?</p>
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<div align="center" style="margin:auto;width:400px; font-size:15; border: #9a7a9f 2px solid; padding:5px;">This article has been adapted from material on the <a href="http://understandinguncertainty.org/node/1286">Understanding Uncertainty website</a>.</div> <p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty-esp-and-bayes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty-esp-and-bayes#commentsbayes theoremconditional probabilityp-valueprobabilitypsychologysignificance teststatisticsunderstanding uncertaintyMon, 15 Oct 2012 15:48:39 +0000mf3445782 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe logic of drug testing
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<p>London 2012 vowed to be the cleanest Olympics ever, with more than 6,000 tests on athletes for performance enhancing drugs. But when an athlete does fail a drug test can we really conclude that they are cheating? John Haigh does the maths.</p>
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<p><em> London 2012 vowed to be the cleanest Olympics ever, with more than 6,000 tests on athletes for performance enhancing drugs. But when an athlete does fail a drug test can we really conclude that they are cheating? John Haigh does the maths. (You can also look at the <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/logic-drug-testing#animation">animation below</a> to see the results illustrated.)</em></p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/logic-drug-testing" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/logic-drug-testing#commentsbayes theoremconditional probabilityfalse positivemathematics in sportolympicsThu, 02 Aug 2012 10:23:50 +0000mf3445757 at http://plus.maths.org/contentUnderstanding uncertainty: how psychic was Paul?
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David Spiegelhalter </div>
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<p>England's performance in the World Cup last summer was thankfully overshadowed by the attention given to Paul the octopus, who was reported as making an unbroken series of correct predictions of match winners. David Spiegelhalter looks at Paul's performance in an attempt to answer the question that (briefly) gripped the world: was Paul psychic?</p>
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<p> </p> <div style="text-align:center;margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; width: 90%; font-size: 15px; border: 2px solid #9a7a9f; padding: 5px;">This article is adapted from material on the <a href="http://understandinguncertainty.org">Understanding Uncertainty website</a>.</div><p> </p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty-how-psychic-paul-octopus" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty-how-psychic-paul-octopus#commentsbayes theoremCMSconditional probabilitymathematics in sportprobabilityunderstanding uncertaintyFri, 08 Oct 2010 10:47:02 +0000mf3445319 at http://plus.maths.org/contentOuter space: Thinking inside the box
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<p>After my book <A href="http://www.rbooks.co.uk/product.aspx?id=1847920039"><i>100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know</i></a> was published I received lots of emails and letters asking about some of the mathematical applications and issues that appeared there. One topic was overwhelmingly the most common. Some people didn't understand it; others didn't believe it. Some puzzled correspondents were just interested readers, but at least one was a very famous professor of physics.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/os/issue55/outerspace/index" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/os/issue55/outerspace/index#comments55bayes theoremouterspacethree door problemMon, 12 Jul 2010 16:17:37 +0000mf3445230 at http://plus.maths.org/contentIt's a match!
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<p>"It's a match!" cries the CSI. At first glance it might seem that if the police have matched a suspect's DNA to evidence from the crime scene, then the case is closed. But some statistical thinking is required to understand exactly what a match is, and importantly, how juries should assess this as part of the evidence in a trial.</p>
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<p>Being killed in a peacekeeping mission apparently depends on your nationality, at least if you're a soldier in the Spanish army. On the 1st of February 2010 the Colombian soldier John Felipe Romero serving in the Spanish army was killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. It was then made public that so far 43% of the Spanish troops killed in attacks by local forces in Afghanistan and Lebanon have been foreigners. This is in striking contrast to the fact that foreign nationals make up only 7% of the Spanish army as a whole.</p>
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What's the risk of passive smoking? Or climate change? How big is the terrorist threat? And should we trust league tables? These issues concern all of us, but it's not always easy to make sense of the barrage of media information. <b>David Spiegelhalter</b>, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, gives <i>Plus</i> his take on uncertainty. </div>
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<p><i>What's the risk of passive smoking? Or climate change? How big is the terrorist threat? And should we trust league tables? These questions concern all of us, but it's not always easy to make sense of the barrage of media information. Maths and statistics are powerful tools in understanding risk and uncertainty, so it's no surprise that David Spiegelhalter, the new Winton Professor for the
Public Understanding of Risk, is based at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/understanding-uncertainty#comments44bayes theoremBayesian modelCMSmathematics in the mediamedical statisticsmedicine and healthpublic understanding of mathematicsrisk analysisunderstanding uncertaintyFri, 31 Aug 2007 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2314 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe risk of death for sickle cell disease
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A new Bayesian network helps predict the severity of the disease </div>
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<p>Sickle cell disease deforms red blood cells into a sickle-like shape.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/risk-death-sickle-cell-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/risk-death-sickle-cell-disease#commentsbayes theorembayesian networkmedicine and healthTue, 17 Jul 2007 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2561 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThomas Bayes & Mr Zootpooper
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The three door problem has become a staple mathematical mindbender, but even if you know the answer, do you really understand it? <b>Phil Wilson</b> lets his imagination run riot in this intergalactic application of Bayes' Theorem. </div>
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<p><i>It is the year 2057 and you are sitting in a vast auditorium beneath a night sky like nothing on Earth.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/thomas-bayes-mr-zootpooper" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/thomas-bayes-mr-zootpooper#comments32bayes theoremconditional probabilitythree door problemMon, 01 Nov 2004 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2257 at http://plus.maths.org/contentRandom privacy
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<p>When driving on the motorway, have you ever wondered about (and cursed) the fact that cars in the other lane seem to be getting ahead faster than you? You might be inclined to account for this by invoking Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will", discovered by Edward A. Murphy, Jr, in 1949).<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/cars-next-lane-really-do-go-faster" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/cars-next-lane-really-do-go-faster#comments17anthropic principlebayes theoremconditional probabilitydata samplingdiffusionequilibriumestimationobservation selection effectthermodynamicsFri, 01 Dec 2000 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2194 at http://plus.maths.org/contentYe banks and Bayes
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<p>Are you going to be a good customer for your bank? This might not worry you, but it certainly worries your bank! Banks would like to be able to predict both who their most profitable clients are likely to be, and which potential clients are most likely to be unreliable or a poor risk.</p>
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New technology has provided us with some amazing images - satellite images, medical images, even images beamed back from Mars. <b>Julian Stander</b> tells us about the increasing role of statistics in interpreting them. </div>
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<p>Images are everywhere, and electronic images in particular are playing an increasingly important role in everyday life. Doctors in hospitals use X-ray pictures to check for broken bones. Meteorologists employ images from satellites to help forecast the weather. Law enforcement officers study aerial photographs to find out where drug crops are being grown.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/image-analysis-modern-application-mathematics" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/image-analysis-modern-application-mathematics#comments4bayes theoremImage analysismathematical modellingThu, 01 Jan 1998 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2143 at http://plus.maths.org/content