Spotlight: Talking about uncertainty

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg of University of Wisconsin
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 6-7
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

We often think of journalism as a process of answering questions. But many questions don’t have yes or no answers. The language of probability gives us a way of talking about uncertainty without just shrugging our shoulders. I'll talk about Nate Silver and his critics; will possibly quote John Ashbery and Teddy Roosevelt; will definitely try to convey something of the mathematician's view on "to what extent and in what fashion can newswriting be a quantitative enterprise"

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Jordan Ellenberg is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and the author of How Not To Be Wrong, a book about the ways mathematics is wrapped in and around everything we do.

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