Vivian Lew

the vanishing girl

Lecturer
UCLA Department of Statistics
8125 Math Sciences Building Box 951554
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1554


Currently

Statistics 140SL & Statistics 285

Useful Pages

(with a Demographic/Geographic emphasis)

·         Demography Page and the Office of Population Research

·         CIESIN's U.S. Demography Home Page and the California Demographic Research Unit

·         The Comprehensive R Archive Network

·         R Studio

Other Sites

·         Superpages

·         LaTeX


I am amused by Pascal's Wager. The short version:

“If God does not exist, one will lose nothing by believing in him,
while if he does exist, one will lose everything by not believing.”

(The longer, academic statement of Pascal's wager can be found here)

Also amusing is the bumper sticker version:

If you live as if there is no God,
MAKE SURE YOU'RE RIGHT

For the statistician in you, carefully consider the expected value.
This was taken from:

Hájek, Alan, "Pascal's Wager", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2004 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.),
URL = <http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2004/entries/pascal-wager/>.

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