Clustering Illusions, Baader-Meinhof, and Death in the Domincan Republic
A somewhat unexpected property of randomness is that it forms patterns. Many years ago back when I was writing for Game Developer Magazine, I...
When events cluster together, it seems like they must have some common factor. But clustering is actually an expected result of totally random data. Several tourists die every year in the Dominican Republic, sometimes more and sometimes less ...
examines statistics behind the cluster of recent tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic. There's no reason to think anything mysterious is going on. Lots of tourists visit the island; statistically some of them will die while there. It happens.