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ESP Biography

JUSTIN CHEN, Stanford junior studying Computer Science.

Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Justin spends most of his time studying computer science and statistics, he loves literature, and he writes awful poetry. He misses his snowy home in New Hampshire, and, despite the immense amount of time he spends listening to music, he is a poor singer.

Past Classes

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M7293: Puzzles in Probability in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
You are presented with three doors, one of which hides an irresistible prize: a shiny, brand-new Bosch dishwasher. A natural fiend for home appliances, you desperately want to maximize your chances of winning, and you pick lucky door number three. Once you make your selection, I open door 2 to show you that it has nothing behind it. Then, I give you a final chance to either stick with door 3 or to switch to the other unopened door, door 1. A simple question lies between yourself and either riches or ruination... Should you switch? The answer may seem obvious, but closer inspection can baffle our intuition. In this class, we will briefly explore how probability can allow us to reason about likelihood. Then, we will dive into a selection of ostensibly simple puzzles that showcase the difficulties and intrigues of understanding chance.