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== Surprising ideas from statistics ==
== Surprising ideas from statistics ==
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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).
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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 ==

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