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Alex explains Bayes' rule [Nov. 4th, 2009|08:39 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

More tales from the apparently Frozen Boreal Wasteland:

Alex oniugnip: *drawing a diagram* So, P(H) is the probability that it's a hot day, and P(I) is the probability that you see someone eating ice cream.
Lindsey: And P(I|H) is the probability that you see someone eating ice cream...
Alex: ...given that it's a hot day.
Lindsey: *squinting* Okay. Let's say P(H) is, oh, I dunno, .1?
Alex: Well, around here.

It was 61 degrees today, by the way. Barely fall weather at all. I actually got sweaty raking leaves in the yard.



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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2009-11-05 05:29 am (UTC)
It just happened to spring to mind! It was better than my first example: estimating whether somebody's from Italy, based on whether they're speaking Italian.

Which Jason?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2009-11-05 05:29 am (UTC)
Isn't the "hot days boost ice cream sales and murder rates" thing everyone's favorite correlation-versus-causation example?
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[User Picture]From: kel_e_o
2009-11-07 03:46 pm (UTC)
It's mine. :D I've used it at least 5 times before.
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[User Picture]From: kel_e_o
2009-11-07 03:47 pm (UTC)
But what I want to know is: does anyone have a good necessary versus sufficient causes example? I tried to explain that to some college freshmen and they were completely befuddled.
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[User Picture]From: jennekirby
2009-11-05 03:28 pm (UTC)
High of 83 on Sunday! It's been three years and "winter" here still confuses the heck out of me. Most of the people in my lab get cold when it's still in the 70s. :)
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From: ms_nico_blue
2009-11-05 04:35 pm (UTC)

Hey look, conditional probability...

Aw man, I just can't get away from any of it!

**Is taking Psych 204 and Intro. Statistics right now**
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