Probabilities Everywhere

FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION

Professor: Jeffrey Rosenthal
Subject: Statistics
Course Code: STA198H1F
Time: Wednesday 14:00 – 16:00

This course examines the meaning and mathematics of probabilities, and how they arise in our everyday lives. Specific topics may include: the nature of coincidences, the concept of luck, games involving dice and cards, long run averages in casinos, margins of error in polls, the interpretation of medical studies, crime statistics, decision making, pseudorandomness, and Monte Carlo algorithms.

Jeffrey Rosenthal

GOOD TO KNOW

Pre-requisites:

Grade 12 Mathematics

Co-requisites:

none

Exclusions:

none

Recommended Preparation:

none

Breadth designation:

The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)

CR/NCR:

Not eligible for CR/NCR option

Restrictions:

Restricted to first-year students

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IN THE NEWS

“Probability Prof”

FYF instructor Jeffrey Rosenthal discusses probabilities, NCAA “March Madness,” lottery tickets, and luck.
26 Mar 2019 | CBC Windsor Morning

“The real reason people knock on wood”

In this on-air interview with CTV’s Ben Mulroney, Professor Jeffrey Rosenthal talks about his book Knock on Wood and debunks some familiar misperceptions of luck.
2 Oct 2018 | CTV Your Morning