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  • Chance News

    01/11/2005 7:12:55 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 4 replies · 469+ views
    Chance News ^ | December 31, 2004 | Snell, et. al.
    Interesting comments about polling.
  • The Seashell on the Mountaintop

    09/09/2004 9:07:01 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 5 replies · 316+ views
    Book ^ | 2003 | Alan Cutler
    The shark was gigantic, but the fishermen managed to haul it ashore. It was still alive and struggling, so to keep it on the beach they lashed it to a tree. Then they killed it. Sharks were common enough off the Tuscan coast, but this was a lamia, a Great White, and it weighed over a ton. When it was safely dead, several of the fishermen reached into the shark’s horrible mouth and with their knives gouged out teeth for souvenirs and charms. Word of the marvel reached the Medici palace in Florence. The Grand Duke Ferdinand II, an aficionado...
  • Book on Terrorism

    07/20/2004 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 3 replies · 304+ views
    2004 | Richard Pearlstein
    "Fatal Future?" Book by Richard Pearlstein, University of Texas Press, 2004
  • Chance News

    06/10/2004 10:47:34 AM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 69+ views
    chance news ^ | June 7, 2004 | chance news
    Newest Chance News There's also a new (free) webzine available for teaching statistics.
  • Bamboula!

    12/04/2003 9:49:39 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 4 replies · 41+ views
    1995 | S. Frederick Starr
    S. Frederick Starr's Bamboula! is of interest for the historical background in the US from about 1840 to 1870.
  • New Chance News

    12/01/2003 12:41:47 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 8 replies · 26+ views
    Chance News ^ | Nov 30, 2003 | various
    Interesting things in Chance News.
  • July "Chance News"

    07/23/2003 11:47:11 AM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Chance News ^ | July 20, 2003 | Chance News
    July 20, Online Issue "Chance News"
  • May Chance News

    05/13/2003 10:41:42 AM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 4 replies · 67+ views
    Chance News Site ^ | May | Chance News
    The current issue of Chance News has lots of stuff on elections and predictors thereof.
  • February Chance News

    03/06/2003 10:18:35 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 195+ views
    Chance ^ | February 2003 | Chance News Staff
    Headline: Thousands Worldwide Protest War in IraqSub-head: Hundreds of Thousands Worldwide Open Day of Rallies Against Possible MilitaLead: Millions of protesters many of them marching in the capitals of America's traditional allies demonstrated Saturday against possible U.S. plans to attack Iraq.ry Action in Iraq
  • Gallup Methodology Explained

    12/04/2002 7:54:51 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 5 replies · 62+ views
    The Gallup ORganization ^ | 11/11/2002 | Frank Newport
    <p>PRINCETON, NJ -- There's little question that some Americans are skeptical of polls and the process by which we use small samples to represent the views of millions of people. We pick up that skepticism when we poll people about polls (something we do from time to time!), and I certainly hear it when I am on a radio talk show or make a speech and get bombarded with questions about the believability of our polls, which are based on what seems to the questioners to be ridiculously small numbers of people.</p>
  • Brotherhood of the Bomb

    10/29/2002 8:56:01 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Book | 2002 | Gregg Herken
    Interesting book about the personalities and politics of the early Atomic Era.
  • Statistics (Stuff on Microbiologists Deaths)

    10/21/2002 2:46:26 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 2 replies · 246+ views
    Chance News & New York Times Magazine ^ | 2002 August 11 | Lisa Belkin
    More Interesting Statistics Impinging on Everyday Life
  • Eire Taoiseach Returned

    05/27/2002 2:33:29 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 8 replies · 209+ views
    I didn't find any thread about the latest Irish elections.
  • Roosevelt's Secret War

    03/22/2002 11:19:26 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Book, Random House | 2001 | Joseph Persico
    Recommended reading for those interested in spies and stuff.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Eleventh Edition

    03/14/2002 11:06:28 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 16 replies · 383+ views
    Recommended as the last scholarly edition.Encyclopedia Britannica Eleventh
  • March 6, 1836

    03/06/2002 5:47:17 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 13 replies · 353+ views
    I would like to note that today is Alamo Day. March 6, 1836
  • Latest Chance News

    02/22/2002 12:31:12 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 2 replies · 12+ views
    Chance News is a good resource of statistics related items.The other link is good too (and funny).
  • Data Base Flaws

    01/15/2002 5:22:14 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 4 replies · 90+ views
    Newhouse News Service ^ | 2001 | Margie Wylie
    Database Flaws Could Hamper Any National ID System, Experts Warn
  • Martin Chavez Wins Albuquerque Mayro

    10/02/2001 9:09:26 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 7+ views
    Radio | 10/2/01
    Looks like Martin Chavez won the Albuquerque Mayoral election with 31%.
  • Thomas Jefferson's Music Catalogue

    07/04/2001 9:46:42 AM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 21+ views
    Rather cosmopolitan for the seventeenth century.
  • The World Turned Upside Down

    07/04/2001 9:17:27 AM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 6+ views
    Dedicated to Tony Blair this 225'th Independence Day: "The World Turned Upside Down."Dedicated to George W. Bush: "Yankee Doodle."
  • Body of Secrets

    06/21/2001 2:43:17 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 17+ views
    May 2001 | James Bamford
    "A no-holds barred examination of the National Security Agency..."--From the Blurb
  • Spooked

    06/15/2001 12:07:46 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 8+ views
    I would like to recommend the book: "Spooked" by Adam Penenberg and Marc Berry, Perseus Publishing. It's a good, modern account of corporate spying.
  • Professor shot

    05/18/2001 2:16:18 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 15+ views
    Nando Times ^ | 5/18/01
    Not a single post(that I could find) today (until now) about the guy killing a professor and then killing himself. His note said that he chose the victim at random.
  • FYI

    05/17/2001 9:21:32 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 69+ views
    self | Doctor Stochastic
    In addition to using a firewall such as ZoneAlarm, I would like to recommend a program that removes adware and spyware from you computer. LAVASOFT has a free program that does this. Connect to (I think) (it's a German product.) It's surprising how much junk gets into your computer. Even some shrink-wrapped packages install spyware; even before you hit the "accept" box during installation.
  • SAT Question

    03/28/2001 1:37:36 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 12+ views
    Usenet | Self
    The following appeared on According to news sources, Al Gore scored verbal 625, math 730 on the SAT tests. According to an article in the New Yorker, George W. Bush scored 566 verbal, 640 math on the SAT tests.Are these the true numbers? Just curious.
  • Happy NoRoos

    03/20/2001 5:54:11 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 16+ views
    Self | Self
    Happy Persian New Year to everyone. This celebration predates even Zarathustra, it's very ancient. Sorry I can't send baklava over the internet.
  • Smooth Transition

    01/20/2001 8:51:53 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 4+ views
    self | 01.20.01 | Doctor Stochastic
    Our presidential transitions may be full of pomp, dances, rain, protesters, speeches, and other costly measures but, they are a whole lot smoother than the recent transition in the Congo People's Republic--the country formerly known as Zaire--and before that known as the Congo People's Republic.
  • Manny Aragon out

    01/17/2001 8:11:33 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 31+ views
    Albuquerque TV Channel 4 | 01/17/2001 | Doctor Stochastic
    I just saw on the news that Manny Aragon, 30-year majority leader of the New Mexico Senate is out. Richard Romero (another Democrat is in). Three Democrats and eighteen Republicans voted for Romero.
  • Chance News Site

    01/17/2001 9:25:21 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 19+ views
    Jan 17 2001 | Doctor Stochastic
    Chance News has some interesting stuff about the Florida elections and about mis-identification in courts. The site is
  • JSTOR journals as a source of information

    11/17/2000 10:10:28 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 12+ views
    Those of you with access to the JSTOR journals repository may find it interesting to look at some of the older journals. For example, the Journal of the London Statistical Society has a discussion of the statistics of New York City for 1836--the city had about 300,000 people, etc. There are also articles about crime statistics in England and other countries.
  • Double Mulligan

    11/10/2000 6:35:37 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 13+ views
    Self | Today | Self
    The Double MulliganI thought this scandal could use a title.
  • Alan Hovaness Passed Away Today

    06/22/2000 4:59:46 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 16+ views
    Self | Self
    American Composer Alan Hovaness passed away today at the age of 89.
  • Two Books of Matches

    05/22/2000 8:28:30 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 66+ views
    Sources at the Park Service say that it actually took two books of matches to set the Cerro Grande fire in New Mexico. The wind kept blowing out the matches.
  • Return to Los Alamos

    05/14/2000 6:13:56 PM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 95+ views
    Evacuated 1:30am Thursday Morning. Returned Sunday Night.
  • VE Day

    05/08/2000 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Doctor Stochastic · 29+ views
    No body has noted that today is VE day.
  • A Bit of Cosmology

    02/01/2000 8:01:09 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 165+ views
    Self | Doctor Stochastic
    The last thread was getting long. I'm making a few comments.
  • Camille Paglia as Hitchcock Scholar?

    01/26/2000 8:51:04 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 24+ views
    On a E! biography of Alfred Hitchcock, Camille Pagalia showed up as a "Hitchcock Scholar." Does anyone know if she has been considered as such. I do not recall seeing anything about Hitch in her writings.Many of the people on the show were into psycho-babble. Hitch himself said that he made movies to entertain the audience. Not only does Hitch not make moves like Hitchcock anymore, since he passed away (presumable of natural causes) no one else has made movies like Hitchcock either.
  • The Fountainhead

    11/06/1999 8:02:17 PM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 10+ views
    I hope everyone saw "The Fountainhead" tonight. Gary Cooper, Raymond Massey, Patricia Neal. It was on Turner Classic Movies (guess Jane wasn't watching.) It's a great move about artistic integrity.I once recommended "The Fountainhead," "Shenandoah," and "Sugarland Express" for a college film festival; the administration overruled me.