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Ladies' Night (2017)
Robert Dawson
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A card sharp known as "Lady Jane" attempts to swindle a statistician visiting Las Vegas for a conference. The plot twists and turns as it mentions things like the Monty Hall Problem, Game Theory, and Bayes' Theorem.

It appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2017). Thanks to Larry Lesser for bringing it to my attention.

Contributed by Alejandro Bustos

This is an entertaining and well-written short story. I particularly loved the amusing plot twists and fun ending that made me laugh. Writing a funny tale that deals with statistics and game theory is not an easy task, but author Robert Dawson accomplished this with this delightful literary piece.

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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.5/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
Genre
MotifFemale Mathematicians,
TopicProbability/Statistics,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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