Ben Cohen on the Hot Hand

EconTalk | 10 August 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Cohen about his book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks. At times in sports and elsewhere in life, a person seems to be “on fire,” playing at an unusually high level. Is this real or an illusion? Cohen takes the listener through the scientific literature on this question and spreads a very wide net to look at the phenomenon of being in the zone outside of sports. Topics include Shakespeare, investing, Stephen Curry, and asylum judges.

Joshua Miller on the Hot Hand Phenomenon

Masters in Business | 28 March 2019 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Deliciously wonky interview with Joshua Miller about the ideas in his paper Surprised By the Hot Hand Fallacy? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers, which he co-authored with Adam Sanjurjo. Discusses in an accessible way the statistical concepts behind proving that hot hands do exist, thus confirming our intuition and disproving one of the famous examples of behavioural economics.

Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.