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Applying statistical thinking to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence

By Andrew

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Thomas Basbøll writes:

A statistical question has been bugging me lately. I recently heard that Yuti Milner has donated 100 millions dollars to 10-year search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

I’m not very practiced in working out probability functions but I thought maybe you or your readers would find it easy and fun to do this. Here’s my sense of the problem:

Suppose there are 1 million civilizations in the Galaxy. Suppose they are all sending us a strong, unambiguous signal. Suppose we listen continuously in all directions and suppose we’re right about what frequencies to listen to. What are the odds of detecting …read more

Source:: http://andrewgelman.com/2016/12/15/30726/

      



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