I was usually the winner, because I could always rely on my calculations to win the large majority of overall rounds in the long term. This sense of winning from the poker games stimulated my interest in studying the relevant courses of statistics even further. However, I do not believe that this use of statistics would be good for actual gambling, because if I was not doing it just to entertain friends I would lose the objectivity needed for the calculations.
Statistics is still full of barriers for non-professionals to read or understand. This is obvious from Mark Twains famous quote, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”. In my opinion, non-professional people may be surprised or even feel cheated if a 95% probability failed, so a 99% significant level may be something they would accept more easily. However, despite peoples lack of trust in the reliability of statistics, they really do need a reliable probability or statistics result to help them make the sensible choice when confused or unsure. I met with just this kind of problem during my two periods of internship.
I was a three-month part-time cleaner of Runnymede campus in the summer of 2007. At the end of each term, all rooms need to be cleaned, so the workload available determines the number of full-time workers. During summer holidays, there are many European students who would come for their short vacations on campus. Thus, some part-time cleaners are needed to deal with the increased workload. However, the number of European students is variable, and the campus doesn’t start these employees appointments several months before their arrival. Even by employing part-time cleaners, the campus couldn’t catch up with the sudden increase of cleaning work. Many rooms couldn’t be cleaned on time, so the campus had to reduce the amount of students that were received. I was interested in this problem, which was quite similar to a question