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Presentation on a book "Fooled by randomness" by NN taleb

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  • Mean, Median, Sigma value, z value, t value ll not be applicable in real life decisions.
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  • When investing in stock market we know about company’s financial position as published in leading newspapers and available on internet but sometimes we don’t know managerial problems within the company.
  • Noise : random change in valuesInformation : change because of some reason
  • Retired dentist , 241 Vs. 239 time in a day.
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  • 1. Fooled by RandomnessThe Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Market By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb Presented By: Nikunj Patel (10029) Piyush Kakkar (10030)
  • 2. Nassim Nicholas TalebAn MBA from Wharton and a PhD from the University of Paris.He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering atNew York Universitys Polytechnic Institute and Visiting Professorof Marketing (Cognitive Science) at London Business School.
  • 3. Outline of the bookBook is divided in three parts:• Part 1: Solon’s Warning• Part 2: Monkey’s on Typewriters• Part 3: Wax in My Ears
  • 4. Part 1: Solon’s Warning• Introduces the concept of randomness and rare events (the black swan)• Explains the understanding of human beings towards randomness• Explains the impact of these rare events
  • 5. Part 2: Monkey’s on Typewriters• Explains the human biasness towards the randomness• Explains the luck factor and probability blindness of human beings
  • 6. Part 3: Wax in My Ears• How human beings deal with the uncertainties/randomness
  • 7. Theory of Determinism Vs.Theory of Randomness
  • 8. Mediocristan Vs.Extremistan
  • 9. Luck or Skill???Ten Thousand Monkeys on Typewriter
  • 10. Past is Imperfect Guide of Future
  • 11. Black Swan EventSomething did not happen till nowthat does not mean that it will not happen in the future
  • 12. Silent EvidenceWe always try to learn from the winners
  • 13. Process is Important… Good Bad Process Process Good Skilled LuckyOutcome Bad Fool who UnfortunateOutcome deserves that
  • 14. Frame of ReferenceWe always try to relate our success with others
  • 15. Useless Bell...Life is not always 50:50
  • 16. Taleb’s DistributionHigh probability of a small gain, and a small probability of a very large loss
  • 17. Learned statistics ??? Please… Unlearn itMost Dangerous Knowledge Given by Professors and Teachers
  • 18. Incorrect application of statisticsDr. John(statistician) & Tony(Layman)
  • 19. What we don’t know ismore important than what we know…Our decisions depends on only what we know.
  • 20. Noise ??? Information
  • 21. Timescale and Noise Probability ofTimescale Noise success 1 sec 50.02% 49.98 % 1 min 50.17% 49.83 % 1 hour 51.3% 48.7 % 1 day 54% 46 % 1 month 67% 33 %1 quarter 77% 23 % 1 year 93% 7%
  • 22. Madhucon Projects Ltd.
  • 23. Take Your Decision 25 % How Much??? 10 %
  • 24. UnpredictableComparison Analyze Outcome Yes
  • 25. Black Swan Event Don’t Know Past Vs. futureDecision Noise/ Information Silent Evidence Taleb Distribution
  • 26. Our Conflicts• Statistics Vs. No Statistics• Theory Vs. Reality• How to identify Noise (Randomness)
  • 27. Further Reading…• After “Fooled by Randomness” in 2001 N.N. taleb has published…• “Black Swan” in 2007 and• “The Bed of Procrustes- Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms”in Dec-2010.
  • 28. Any Noise???