# Math Museum

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== Surprising ideas from statistics == | == Surprising ideas from statistics == | ||

- | The birthday paradox can be demonstrated to any group of the right size (say 25-40 people is usually enough to give a shared birthday and seem surprising). The Monte Carlo problem might surprise people. We could also play games of chance with unexpected outcomes, and explain what happened. Maybe use a pseudo-random number generator to mix up some numbers and show how pseudo-randomness can fail. We could teach people how to do coin tosses in their head with extremely high accuracy (that is, very close to 50/50 choices). | + | The birthday paradox can be demonstrated to any group of the right size (say 25-40 people is usually enough to give a shared birthday and seem surprising). The Monte Carlo problem might surprise people. We could also play games of chance with unexpected outcomes, and explain what happened. Maybe use a pseudo-random number generator to mix up some numbers and show how pseudo-randomness can fail. We could teach people how to do coin tosses in their head with extremely high accuracy (that is, very close to 50/50 choices). And something on Poisson processes(life-death processes), poisson distributions (soccer goals, light bulb lifetimes and frequency of floods). Simpson's Paradox. |

== Games from game theory == | == Games from game theory == |