Apr 19

Math & Stats Colloquium: Ben Orlin

Tue, April 19, 2022 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm (1h) • CMC 206

Speaker: Ben Orlin, Math with Bad Drawings
Title: Expected Value is Overrated

Abstract: I resisted titling this talk "Expected value is stupid." Expected value, i.e., the long-run average, is not stupid -- but our reliance on it sometimes is. We invoke it even when the long run is unreachable, when the average is the wrong criterion, and even when "long-run average" is a contradiction in terms. Explored with bad drawings (and examples from sports, labor economics, and pub trivia).

Event Contact: Sue Jandro

Event Summary

Math & Stats Colloquium: Ben Orlin
  • Intended For: Students, Faculty, Staff
  • Categories: Lecture/Panel

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