Hi, my name is Daniel Sheppard and I have an addiction to numbers. I’ll be writing about how maths (statistics and probability in particular) can be applied to real life. You can expect articles on Sports, Current Issues, Games, and two of my hobbies – Rubik’s Cubes and Mental Calculation.
Monopoly starts by rolling 2 dice, which may seem fairly simple. But there are thousands of things that could happen on the very first turn of the game – you could even own a whole set! Let’s look at the most likely outcomes and some other fun possibilities. Continue reading →
There has been a string of high-profile airplane disasters over the last year or 2, resulting in it being a regular topic in the media. The dominant story is that of the disappearance of MH370. Just 4 months later the same airline suffered another disaster when MH17 was shot down over Ukraine and further fatal accidents in the year since then have caused many to question airplane safety.
Is safety getting worse or has it been an unlucky couple of years? I seek to explore the statistics and answer these questions. Continue reading →
Risk is a strategy game governed primarily by dice battles. The choice of whether to attack or not is an important decision to make, so understanding the probabilities involved can help you to make an informed decision and maximise your chance of success!
Have you ever heard someone say “If I had started cubing in [Insert Year here], I would have had the World Record”? I think most cubers have, and many of you may realise you’ve said that yourselves. But is it true?
I’ve also been thinking about whether we should consider current World Record holders to be greater than their compatriots over the last 12 years since modern Speedcubing began. Continue reading →
The Official FIFA World Rankings often receive puzzled looks and sometimes severe criticism too. I am going to explore the calculations and whether there might be improvements available Continue reading →
One of my hobbies aside from cubing is calculating the day of the week from a date. This trick is called the “Human Calendar”, and is perhaps easier to do that it seems on first glance. Don’t be fooled though – getting fast takes a lot of practise!
This post will teach you how to do this cool trick! Continue reading →