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NFTs: the next big thing

NFTs: the next big thing

For ages we have been looking at art as a physical collectible: The Mona Lisa is a painting, the Statue of Liberty is a huge copper statue, and the Balloon Dog (by Jeff Koons) is a stainless-steel sculpture. But in the recent months, a new kind of collectibles has...

The World of Sports Betting

The World of Sports Betting

It’s Saturday evening and you’re watching a football game with a couple of friends. Unfortunately, the game is between mediocre teams, so you don’t expect to see a great match. However, one of your friends has an idea to spice it all a bit up and to make the game more...

Are we alone in the universe?

Are we alone in the universe?

Are we alone in the universe? A question that has occupied and fascinated human mind for generations. But with the enormous size of the universe, we can’t possibly be alone right? – Patrick Jans

Newcomb’s paradox

Newcomb’s paradox

Let's suppose that we have a game with two players. One is a person that will make a decision and the other is a supercomputer that will try and predict that decision beforehand. This computer has been tested many times and the testers have worked out that the...

Interview with TKP

Interview with TKP

TKP, have you already heard of them? When you are a student in Groningen, the answer is probably yes. You probably have encountered their famous ‘red tower’ on the ring road numerous times. However, there are also a lot of students who have heard of them but still do...

The Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test

The Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test

In statistics we are often estimating parameters and then, using some hypothesis test, we can find out if we should either reject our null hypothesis or not. Now in these tests we almost always rely on some known distribution of a so-called test statistic. Let us...

The true winners of the Olympic Games

The true winners of the Olympic Games

In July 2021 the 32nd Olympic Summer Games will take place. Or at least, that is the plan of the Japanese organizers and the International Olympic Committee. With the COVID-19 pandemic rates rising in Japan and global concerns whether organizing such a large event is...

Will your family name ever go extinct?

Will your family name ever go extinct?

[latexpage] Nowadays, in most countries, everyone has a surname. Some names are very common, like “de Jong” in the Netherlands, or for example “Nguyễn” in Vietnam, where almost 40% of the population has this surname. On the other hand, some surnames are extremely...

The medical test paradox

The medical test paradox

[latexpage] Testing has been quite a significant subject during this pandemic. Around 30.000 people a day are being tested in the Netherlands alone, so it is quite important that such a test can accurately predict whether someone actually has the disease. However, an...

Reversion to mediocrity

Reversion to mediocrity

Nowadays, research in many fields involves statistics. Whether it comes down to a government's decisions on measures fighting a pandemic or the Red Bull formula 1 racing team deciding on whether Verstappen should swap tires in the next lap, it sounds like a good idea...

Do basketball players have a hot hand?

Do basketball players have a hot hand?

[latexpage] If you are a basketball fan, you are probably familiar with the term: the hot hand. This is often used when a player is on a scoring streak and it seems likely that he will also score the next point. He is very confident, he feels good, and therefore it...

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