The Drunkard’s Walk: How randomness rules our lives by Leonard Mlodinow

Posted in Behavior, Book at 11:08 am by justakim

A fun read.

This is a popular science presentation of statistics and statistical history focusing on the effects of randomness and our reactions to it. It is relevant in that many of these statistical and misinterpretive situations appear in economics and environmental science and is a very unintimidating introduction to the subject.

While the ideas in this book are not that extraordinary or revealing to anyone who’s taken a statistics class, this book shines in giving real-world examples of applications and misinterpretations. It was interesting enough to read even if there was nothing particularly new.

It is true that there have been many books on the subject, and the author goes into exceedingly thorough detail, but it’s well presented for what it is, and is far more engaging than many of its peers.

I actually hadn’t run into the Monty Hall problem until a couple weeks ago. Poor Marilyn,

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