Probability puzzle: Classroom bingo


A primary schoolteacher is playing a game with her class. She has two identical dice, with the numbers on the six faces of each die being 1, 2, 2, 3, 3 and 3. The teacher tells the class that she will throw the pair of dice, add up the two numbers showing, and call out that number in a game of bingo. She then asks each member of the class to make their own bingo card consisting of five numbers of their own choosing.

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Probability puzzle: Higher or lower?

playing cards

Once upon a time, Play Your Cards Right was a popular Australian and British TV game show in which contestants were dealt one card face up and several cards face down from a standard pack of 52 cards. The aim of the game was to guess whether the next card along was higher or lower than the face-up card.

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LGBT+ resources for statisticians and data scientists

Pride art

In professional and classroom settings, we strive to communicate the intention of a respectful and productive interaction. In order to accomplish this, we all need to be mindful of our implicit biases, especially when beginning new professional relationships and establishing learning environments. The resources provided in this article are presented with this very intention.

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Statistics in court: An interview with a juror

Jury box

Statisticians have a crucial role to play in ensuring fairness and justice in the legal system, particularly where the assessment and interpretation of forensic evidence is concerned (see our April 2019 special issue for more on this topic). In court, statisticians may serve as expert witnesses – but they may also find themselves serving in an entirely different capacity: as a member of a jury.

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Cooking up statistics: The science and the art

Making dough

Letisha Smith – winner of the 2018 Award for Statistical Excellence in Early-Career Writing – started the year with the resolve to eat smarter, with less food and less money going to waste. She turned to machine learning to help streamline her meal plans.

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