Tag: statistics

The German Tank Problem and Kenyan PSVs

A great story unfolds at the heart of World War II. Following Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of Soviet Union by Germany), Joseph Stalin ordered a new type of tank to counter the German blitzkrieg (lightning war) – an innovative fighting method of concentrated firepower coupled with highly mobile tanks. This worked effectively in conquering the ...

The Birthday Problem

If you keep tabs on birthday notifications on Facebook, you’d realize some of your friends do share a birthday. If so, what are the chances of two randomly chosen friends having the same birthday? This is a well-studied problem in statistics referred to as the ‘Birthday Problem’, which states – If N people are in ...


The Year that was 2012

Take your time to read the stats you helped generate for this blog in 2012, the same year it was started. See you in 2013, happy reading Here’s an excerpt: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it ...