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.


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