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These are programs from sources such as National Public Radio that deal with topics related to a probability/statistics course. Listening to them requires the free RealPlayer 5.0 or later
A discussion about the research of Elizabeth Brannon at Columbia University showing that monkeys can distinquish between numbers.
A discussion of mathematics and the media--some interesting chance comments by Perci Diacoinis.
A wide-ranging discussion of the way the census 2000 will be conducted, including the undercount problem, with Harvey Choldin, Author, Looking for the Last Percent: The Controversy Over Census Undercounts. Stephen Fienberg, University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, Carnegie Mellon University, co-author of the book on the census "Who Counts" and Steven Holmes Correspondent, New York Times.
A brief but quite good discussion with Keith Devlin of coincidences with special reference to Bible Codes.
Richard Harris interviews psychologist Tom Gilovich and Ian Stewart about math in everyday life including discussions of streaks in sports and the birthday problem. There is a particularly interesting discussion between the guests and listeners who call in with their answers to the "birthday problem".
A discussion with Neil Chriss Director, Mathematics in Finance Program Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Iraj Kani President Martingale Technologies on how mathematics is being used in Wall Street. The discussion includes Black Sholes option pricing, efficient marktet, and choas but no martingales.
A two-hour report from the first World Skeptics Congress which illustrates the way that professional skeptics study and explain paranormal phenomena.
The cartalk brothers discuss the infamous two-boys problem: Given that a family with two children has at least one boy, what is the probability the family has two boys.
The cartalk brothers discuss the Monty Hall problem. You will find more about this problem, including a historical discussion and a chance to play the game .
Copyright 1999, J. Laurie Snell
Last updated 15 September 1999