probability

Here's a resolution for one of probability theory's most famous paradoxes.

Is the proposed ABBA rule for penalty shootouts really fairer than the existing rule? Maths shows that it is, and also suggests another, more subtle rule.

What's wrong with this probability argument?

The probability distribution that measures success and failure.

The practice of overbooking has made uncomfortable headlines lately. But how do airlines decide how many tickets to sell for a flight? Here's the maths.

When you shuffle a deck of cards chances are the order of cards you produced has never been produced before! Find out why and learn a card trick too!

A new study suggests that monkeys have a basic grasp of probabilities.

Why the expected outcome of rolling a die is 3.5.

Find out how scientists, from physicists to geneticists, measure their confidence in their results.

What do physicists at CERN mean when they talk about "sigma levels"?

If you are a flower then April is allegedly the cruellest month, but if you are a student of any sort then I'm sure you would have picked June.

In the TV game show Two Tribes teams can have unequal sizes. Is that fair?

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