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Chance and goal scoring in association football

Martin Lames (2018) observed in a recent paper, Chance involvement in goal scoring in football – an empirical approach: If one accepts the selected chance variables as indicators of uncontrollable or not planned aspects of scoring, the results of this study can be taken as empirical proof for the existence and widespread prevalence of chance involvement in goal scoring in football with many interesting consequences. Martin looked at goals scored in the Bundesliga (n=875) and the Premier League (n=1056) in the 2011-2012 season. Martin defined chance in goal scoring "as goals involving uncontrollable or not planned aspects". His analysis led him...

Coincidence, Serendipity and Synchronicity

An item on Radio National's Book Program introduced me to Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz's Australian Encounters. It is a "little book of literary trivia about chance meetings, and some influential ones too, between writers, politicians, artists, singers and activists." Subjects in the book include Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Donald Bradman and Boris Karloff, Margaret Fulton and Elizabeth David, Michael Hutchence and Kylie Minogue, Nana Mouskouri and Frank Hardy, Martina Navratilova, Winston Churchill, Gandhi, Brian Burke, Henry Kissinger, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Menzies, Helena Rubinstein, and many more according to news of the...

Qu'est-ce que la chance?

Whilst catching up with my Facebook account, by chance, I found a post from a friend that linked me to this video Qu'est-ce que la chance ? on a French comedy site ('Rechercher dans la plus grosse base d’humour de francophonie'). There was no embed code for the video so having tried Vodpod, I used WordPress's Press This to form the link to the video and embed it here. If you go to the link it contains some remarkable visual examples of chance (or fate). I was predisposed to share this by a post in Stephen Downes OLDaily with a link...