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U of T | Knock on Wood: The Stats and Science Behind Luck | Jeffrey Rosenthal

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9:00 PM, Friday 5 Apr 2019 (45 minutes)
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Some days you feel lucky, some days you don’t. Fortune is described as an invisible feeling or force. We may feel life is mysterious and random, yet we try to circumvent the uncertainty of existence by attributing events to fate, destiny, superstition, astrology, ESP, and divine intervention. But what about the science behind “luck”? Let’s explore mathematics and statistics as tools to figure out the puzzle of luck. Can they explain deep seated beliefs, surprising coincidences, and head-scratching situations that you may have encountered? Find out how good your chances really are in life.
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University of Toronto
Professor, Department of Statistical Sciences