OT Re: Math-embarrassment results in CS [was: Should non-security 2.7 bugs be fixed?]

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 00:00:15 CEST 2015


On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 7:50 AM, Mark Lawrence <breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Heard the one about the three engineers in the car that breaks down?
>
> The chemical engineer suggests that they could have contaminated fuel. They
> should try and get a sample and get someone to take it to a lab for
> analysis.
>
> The electrical engineer suggests that they check the battery and the leads
> for any problems.
>
> The Microsoft engineer suggests that they close all the windows, get out of
> the car, get back in the car, open all the windows and see what happens.
>

And the data scientist proved that the phenomenon is not wholly
unlikely, given the predicted average reliability of cars; further
studies would require improved sample size.

ChrisA


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