Tag: probability

  • The Deceptiveness of Coincidence

    The Deceptiveness of Coincidence

    A friend of mine recently posted about a chain of events – people sharing birthdays – that was so unlikely that a lottery ticket purchase was called for. Most people might make similar comments as the oddity of these events struck them. There followed some discussion about these problems and it made me think of […]

  • Probability, Top Gear and the Lottery

    Top Gear recently got themselves in trouble in Argentina, over an argument about whether one of their registration plates was a reference to the Falklands War. According to the Mirror, and I realise this may not be the strongest start, “But bookies William Hill said the odds of coincidentally buying a car with that reg […]