Methods for studying coincidences

@article{Diaconis1991MethodsFS,
  title={Methods for studying coincidences},
  author={P. Diaconis and F. Mosteller},
  journal={Quality Engineering},
  year={1991},
  volume={36},
  pages={343-344}
}
This article illustrates basic statistical techniques for studying coincidences. These include data-gathering methods (informal anecdotes, case studies, observational studies, and experiments) and methods of analysis (exploratory and confirmatory data analysis, special analytic techniques, and probabilistic modeling, both general and special purpose). We develop a version of the birthday problem general enough to include dependence, inhomogeneity, and almost multiple matches. We review Fisher’s… Expand
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