NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers DVD

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NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers Predictions underlie nearly every aspect of our lives, from sports, politics, and medical decisions to the morning commute. With the explosion of digital technology, the Internet, and "big data," the science of forecasting is flourishing. But why do some predictions succeed spectacularly while others fail abysmally? And how can we find meaningful patterns amidst chaos ... More
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NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers Predictions underlie nearly every aspect of our lives, from sports, politics, and medical decisions to the morning commute. With the explosion of digital technology, the Internet, and "big data," the science of forecasting is flourishing. But why do some predictions succeed spectacularly while others fail abysmally? And how can we find meaningful patterns amidst chaos and uncertainty? In a fascinating, fast-paced investigation, NOVA takes viewers from the glitz of casinos and TV game shows to the life-and-death stakes of storm forecasts and the flaws of opinion polls that can swing an election. Prediction by the Numbers explores compelling success stories of statistics in action: how baseball legend Billy Beane developed the recruiting techniques made famous by "Moneyball" to transform the fortunes of major league teams. Yet advances in machine learning and "big data" models that increasingly rule our lives are also posing big, disturbing questions. How much should we trust "black box" predictions made by computers when we don't understand how they arrive at them? And how far can we really forecast how our future world will turn out?

Producer: Daniel McCabe, Melanie Wallace
Executive Producer: Chris Shmidt, Paula S. Apsell
Production Company: NOVA, Big House Productions
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Director: Daniel McCabe
Narrator: Jay O. Sanders
Writers: Daniel McCabe
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Language track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

3 Reviews
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Jk G.
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5.0 star rating
01/11/21
Excellent Video for a Class on Statistics and/or Probability
Review by Jk G. on 01/11/21 review stating Excellent Video for a Class on Statistics and/or Probability
I have been teaching Statistics for years and am going to recommend my students watch this video before we cover the chapter on Probability! A very well done video that a Layman can easily understand.
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Dsammy
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
01/11/21
Amazing program about history and power of statistics
Review by Dsammy on 01/11/21 review stating Amazing program about history and power of statistics
I saw this show on a Thursday night and immediately showed it to my Probability/Statistics students the next day. This is a very powerful program showing the significance of statistics in making predictions about future events. It gives you a brief history about statistics as well as lays out the significance about how we live in an age with overwhelming data and how increased data makes the power of prediction more accurate. Very exciting show for a math nerd!
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Daniel
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Error
Review by Daniel on 07/17/20 review stating Error
Probability please NOT probabality!


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