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1answer
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The average number of people that can sit on a bench of a given length.

Let me explain what I mean: The width of the average person varies, perhaps with a normal distribution. Given a specific variance, how many people (on average) can sit side-by-side on a bench of a ...
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Blinding a paper : the acknowledgements section

I am about to submit a paper (my first!) to a journal in statistics. There is a requirement to submit a "blinded" version. Should I remove the acknowledgements section too for this? If I do, what are ...
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2answers
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Idiot's question about regression

How can a regression model be any use if you don't know the function you are trying to get the paramters for? I saw a piece of research that said that mothers who breast fed their children were less ...
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5answers
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You pass X people and Y people pass you: how relatively fast are you?

This question occurs to me every time I go jogging. I suspect every runner probabilist in the world must have thought of it (though I'm no probabilist), but I could not specifically find it online. I ...
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3answers
256 views

Medium-Sized Calculations and Organization

This is not a math question as much as a process question. For the first time in my (very short) career, I find myself doing one of those messy calculations, where each 'line' of the calculation can ...
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5answers
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Martingales and Betting Strategies

Does anyone know of a good introduction to the theory of martingales and betting strategies from the point of view of statistics and/or probability theory? I'm looking for something basic, with lots ...
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2answers
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determining a fair betting scheme

Preface: I think this is interesting (and hopefully at least one other mathematician will agree!), but it's entirely possible that y'all will consider this too low-brow for MO. There isn't a ...
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Something like mathoverflow in other sciences [closed]

Are the sites similar to mathoverflow in other sciences related to mathematics? statistics, computer science, physics, economics, etc? Let me explain what I mean by "similar": those are sites devoted ...