statistical reasoning in “The Simpsons”, part two

In a previous post, I wrote about how Lisa Simpson applied statistical reasoning during an episode of The Simpsons. Another recent episode (“The Saga of Carl Carlson”, aired 19 May 2013) demonstrated probabilistic thinking: At the science museum, the Simpsons family enters the Hall of Probability: There they see a demonstration of the binomial distribution, with […]

statistical reasoning in the “The Simpsons”

FOX recently* broadcasted a fundamental question that drives good science: “I’m sure there’s a correlation, but could there be a causation?” The intrepid Lisa Simpson, the greatest cartoon scientist of our time, spoke these words after observing a pair of scorpions become docile in the presence of a specific plant. Quality statistical reasoning rarely gets […]