S5E24 Zombie Wheel of Distributions


In this week’s episode Greg and Patrick somehow manage to tie together pretending to be sick with game shows with zombies with conspiracy boards to explore the remarkable inter-relations among probability distributions, starting with the Bernoulli and biting their way through the binomial, z, t, chi-square, F, and beyond. Along the way they also discuss having a 122 degree temperature, playing with mercury, daytime TV, Paul Lynde, Vanna White, horses and plows, breeding like cats, the long con, the Swiss vs. the French, Zombieland, the Quincunx, fifth grade math, Lowly Worm, a lazy S, the double tap, and choosing free will.

Related Episodes

  • S4E11: The Centrality of Noncentral Distributions
  • S3E21: A Low-Resolution Discussion of Sampling Distributions
  • S3E08: Statistical Degrees of Freedom…An Intimate Stranger
  • S2E17: Non-Normal Distributions: Embracing Your Non-Normality

Recommended Readings

Cohen, S., & Chechile, R. A. (1997). Probability distributions, assessment and instructional software: Lessons learned from an evaluation of curricular software. The Assessment Challenge in Statistics Education, 253-262.

Derouet, C., & Parzysz, B. (2016). How can histograms be useful for introducing continuous probability distributions?. ZDM48, 757-773.

Simon, M. K. (2002). Probability distributions involving Gaussian random variables: A handbook for engineers and scientists. Boston‐Dordrecht‐London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.



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