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# Tag Archives: probability

## The infinite lottery

Probability is a mathematical subject where the application of the results to the real world remains controversial, and different schools of thought flourish. Littlewood, in his Miscellany, discusses this, and comes firmly to the conclusion that probability theory can say … Continue reading

Posted in exposition
Tagged Kolmogorov's axioms, logic, measure theory, probability, surreal numbers
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## Kinks?

I’ve just been at a conference called “Kinks 2”, or that might be “knkx 2” (I never saw it written down). But look at the list of topics: dynamics, functional equations, infinite combinatorics and probability. How could I resist that? … Continue reading

Posted in events
Tagged Adam Ostaszewski, dynamics, functional equations, infinite combinatorics, probability, topology
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## Combinatorial Chance, 1

Combinatorial Chance is the title of a book by F. N. David and D. E. Barton. The title is glossed “Probability distributions of statistics of random patterns and arrangements … with applications ranging from Gambling to Non-parametric Tests”. The book … Continue reading

Posted in books
Tagged combinatorics, de Moivre, Laplace, MacMahon, Montmort, probability
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## Lecture notes

I have decided to follow Dima’s suggestion and post my collection of lecture notes here. You will find them from the page “Lecture notes” on the menu bar at the bottom of the picture at the top of the blog. … Continue reading

Posted in Lecture notes
Tagged abstract algebra, combinatorics, enumerative combinatorics, groups, linear algebra, number theory, probability, rings
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## Happy birthday, Isaac Newton Institute

On Wednesday this week I had the pleasure of attending a party to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Isaac Newton Institute. I think I was invited because I directed a programme there, on Combinatorics and Statistical Mechanics, in 2008. … Continue reading

## Monty Hall revisited

When Sasha Gnedin was interviewed for his position here, he had lunch with me and told me about his new take on the Monty Hall problem. It has now appeared here in the Mathematical Intelligencer. To summarise briefly: you are … Continue reading

## Does randomness exist?

Probability and randomness has proved to be a popular and controversial topic on this blog. So I am pleased to introduce a guest post by Barbara Jolie, whose by-line occurs at the end of the piece, musing on the question … Continue reading