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Correlations in the Game of Chess


Speaker: Mr Dylan Weston, Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering, Northumbria University

Correlations—or statistical relationships between variables—constitute a powerful tool in both physical sciences and those dealing with more complicated objects, not prone to be captured easily by formulaes or general principles, such as medical or social sciences.

There are well-known fallacies such as the confusion between correlations and causation, and the speaker will review this in this Lecture along with other interesting uses and abuses of the concept of correlations. He will then turn to the particular problem of Chess, and how various pieces are correlated as the game progresses and apply techniques borrowed from other fields, in particular quantum optics, to discuss and quantify the importance of correlations in the royal game.

Whilst it isn’t necessary to register for this event, it will help with our rooming and refreshment arrangements if you do.