Episode 86

Communicating Statistics & Probability with Professor Jeffrey Rosenthal

Have you ever seen something on the news or in your social media feed and think, what are the odds of that happening?

University of Toronto Professor Jeffrey Rosenthal is the author of the book, “Struck by Lightning – the Curious World of Probabilities”. In it, he explores how we should look at the randomness all around us and in the world, and why we overestimate the chance of some things happening, while underestimating others.

Plus, he talks about the challenge of communicating these statistical and mathematical ideas to a broader audience.

Our hosts are Cynthia Huang, a PhD Candidate at Monash University in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, and Tim Macuga, who is the Senior Project Officer for the QUT Centre for Data Science and the Australian Data Science Network.

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