# Gambler’s Ruin: A Lesson in Probability

The Riddler Express for Friday, February 23 was a gambler's ruin problem, so I thought I would walk you through the solution and show you how the following problem can be solved. Suppose you have one quarter, and I have two quarters.  Each round, a die is rolled. If a 1, 2, 3, or 4 … Continue reading Gambler’s Ruin: A Lesson in Probability

# Revised Shaw Index

It was suggested that I continually update the Shaw Index.  I'm only a few weeks from my first attempt, but have found several ways to improve it since then. Obviously, nine decimal places was overkill.  I have also noticed that many other "indices" in the world are on a 100 point scale.  I adjusted accordingly. … Continue reading Revised Shaw Index

# The Graph Every Student Needs To See

While I indulged in food and drink this weekend in Lawrence, student grievances were divulged.  I spoke about how I should somehow convey to students on the first day of class that the investment that students give in the course is directly related to how much I give a shit about them.This prompted me to … Continue reading The Graph Every Student Needs To See

# What is a State’s Shaw Index?

I've been doing a little research this afternoon which has mainly consisted of collecting a lot of data on the different states in these United States of America.  As I collected the data, I thought I would give my own rankings of the states. I asked three questions.  Does the state have enough beer?  Is … Continue reading What is a State’s Shaw Index?