Adventures in Stochastics

  • Derek AbbottEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


This chapter describes my personal journey in the area of stochastic phenomena and how it has been impacted by Mike Shlesinger, to honor his 70th birthday for this Festschrift. I discuss my early explorations with Brownian ratchets and how this gave birth to the first paper on Parrondo’s paradox. I then describe how this led to the next part of my journey in the areas of quantum game theory, suprathreshold stochastic resonance, and stochastic mixtures. Finally, I wrap up with discussion of our latest Bayesian analysis showing that too many confirmatory observations can paradoxically result in reduced confidence in an outcome.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical & Electronic EngineeringUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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