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http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/11/magazine/11COINCIDENCE.html?8hpist

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Something like that has to be more than coincidence, we protest. What are the odds? The mathematician will answer that even in the most unbelievable situations, the odds are actually very good. The law of large numbers says that with a large enough denominator -- in other words, in a big wide world -- stuff will happen, even very weird stuff. 'The really unusual day would be one where nothing unusual happens,' explains Persi Diaconis, a Stanford statistician who has spent his career collecting and studying examples of coincidence. Given that there are 280 million people in the United States, he says, '280 times a day, a one-in-a-million shot is going to occur.'

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