A World Without Statistics

Elevators RESIZED

Believe it or not, statistics helps elevators run efficiently

The first computer-controlled machines were created soon after World War II with milling tools developed as an early application of the new technology.

Today, an endless list of devices are run by computer software—from cars to appliances to telephones to airplanes to traffic lights to medical instruments to elevators—using statistical algorithms to guide decisionmaking at their core.

Designing an algorithm that operates a bank of