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NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Calculated Risk" - How Reliable is the Test?

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Calculated Risk," Charlie attempts to reduce a cumbersome set of variables to a common point by "pruning" an enormous tree diagram. This requires very complex advanced algorithms, but the basic concept can be appreciated through the understanding of dependent events and conditional probability.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions page.