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(December 11, 2013)
Coincidence and Chance
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Eurandom, we would like to invite you to a special event.
On the special date December 11, 2013, we will celebrate this 3rd lustrum of Eurandom with a day of talks on Coincidence and Chance.
We have invited two speakers, who will give an indepth talk for a broad audience in probability, statistics and stochastic operations research. After a short break we will continue with two more general talks on Chance.
There is also an essay competition on this topic, for which
we invite you to write in approx. 2000 words about coincidence and chance.
We have a prize of 500 euro for the winner! For more information on this competition,
please go to:
LIST OF SPEAKERS
(please note: this is a preliminary programme. It will be updated as soon as we have confirmation of the speakers)
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 11, 2013
Richard Gill (Leiden University)
Lies, damned lies, and statistics in the news
"Scientific fraud" became a fashionable news item in recent years. Very much scientific fraud seems to involve use (and abuse) of statistics. A complicating factor is that it seems to be close to impossible to communicate statistical results to a broad public. Moreover, once media controversy has arisen around some scientific research, the reputation of major institutions is at stake, and the lawyers and managers also are involved. I will illustrate these points with some recent experiences.
Klaas Landsman (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Does pure chance exist?
In daily life, the appearance of randomness usually results from ignorance.
Pure chance, on the other hand, would be randomness that persisted even if everything were known. Most physicists believe that quantum mechanics gives rise to this intrinsic kind of randomness. Using light mathematics only, we critically review the arguments to this effect.
Philippe Robert (INRIA)
Stochastic Models of Gene Expression
Protein production is a key process of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
consuming more that 80% of their resources. The stochastic fluctuations of
the number of copies of a given protein in a cell are therefore of
Henk Tijms (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
A Potpourri of Probability Puzzles
Eurandom, Mathematics and Computer Science Dpt, TU Eindhoven,
Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands
Eurandom is located on the campus of
Eindhoven University of
Technology, in the
(4th floor) (about
the building). The university is
located at 10 minutes walking distance from Eindhoven main railway station (take
the exit north side and walk towards the tall building on the right with the
To register for this lecture day, please fill out the Registration Form. There is no fee for participation.
Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact Patty Koorn, the Workshop Officer.
Mrs. Patty Koorn, Workshop Officer, Eurandom/TU Eindhoven, firstname.lastname@example.org