Having “Eve” Fun in Statistics Class


Eve makes people better. This sentiment has been echoed by many, in fact, even I, in a drunken stupor, posted an article on another website, not too long ago, about how Eve Online inspired me to take Differential and Integral Calculus. The post was unusually popular, because by all accounts I should not be looking at numbers. I am a middle aged adult nearing retirement with an education in liberal arts who just happens to spend too much time blowing up internet spaceships – I suppose space nerds like to see themselves inspiring others to make the world a more enlightened place. Although I don’t yet see myself as more enlightened, I am continuing down the road of education in mathematics, inspired by Eve Online and it’s community, and this time, dipping into the realm of statistics.

I should have started here, in statistics, because Eve is a game of Statistics. Market Traders use statistics by staring at the Jita price history tab. Hunter Killers (if they are smart) use statistics through zkillboard. Planetary Interaction Foreman use statistics to calculate their monthly hauls. I would bet that Eve’s knuckle dragging Fleet Commanders use some form of subjective probability to make decisions. Even Fintarue, solo pilot and streamer extraordinaire, uses a form of “pirate” probability where the likelihood of him winning an engagement always equals “1”. With all of this practical application of the subject drenched in the game I love, why not learn what “P” means.

So I enrolled in MATH302 in American Public University, again, and unlike the previous Calculus classes, this time I have the advantage; the ability to learn a concept, rule, or theorem, and immediately move over to New Eden to apply the knowledge in a hands on environment.

This weeks lesson, centered around the rules of counting and the rules of probability and with every new lesson comes a mandatory forum post where I have to solve a problem using the knowledge gleaned from the textbook. The required stuffy forum post for this week mentioned something about class rooms and the probability of selecting a random number of boys and girls – but just like Eve – I took that stuffy requirement and played the game – or solved the problem – in my own way. The post is below – if you’ve made it this far, you might as well continue. If you are having trouble reading the text in the pictures, then head on over to imgur.

forum post

The professor did not like the post, and, I’m ok with that. So here I go again. A liberal arts major, a podcast host, a Soldier, a duck out of water, in Statistics class. I don’t think I would have the same ability of inculcating the lessons of this class without falling back on the game – or listening to reruns of the Eve Prosper Podcast, but I’m plodding on, getting better. You all inspire me, the game inspires me. Eve makes people better – I may even be able to prove that… if I gather enough data.



HD 79: Eve Vegas Megasode

Eve Vegas Megasode
Hey there High Drag listeners! We have returned from Eve Vegas and drop this behemoth of an episode on you!! Ok ok, it’s more like a puffed up version but we had a full house this time around. Our discussion centers on the Eve Vegas experience and what we pulled away from it, in the event that you haven’t watched or listened to ANYTHING about it since. I will say that I really enjoyed this Vegas. I liked the Linq hotel more than Planet Hollywood. I loved Drai’s nightclub over the Parisian. And, I loved that this Vegas it felt like they gave us something rather than just repeating the dev blogs. Now, if anyone happens to find my voice, would you be so kind as to send it to me, please? Be sure to listen to the very end to hear Rahne and Kyle’s “bailing early” shout outs!!

Hope you enjoy!!

Panel Members:
Random McNally
Kyle Yanowski
Mike Azariah

Music this ep:
Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley
Leaving Las Vegas by Sheryl Crow

HD 78: Lifeblood Judgement

Lifeblood Judgement

Hey there, High Drag Listeners!

Gotta say, I had the best intentions of having this out a while ago. Down side was, I had this little accident. For those who follow me on Twitter, you say pics of my beloved 4 Runner after having been tail ended at freeway speed when I was stopped in traffic. Spent a few hours in the emergency room and have been dealing with a fair amount of discomfort but I’m doing much better. However, being down a vehicle has made my life a bit more complicated. However, I have a replacement. I am doing pretty well. Next stop, Vegas!

We recorded this after that little CO2 coup performed by the Judge. He was meant to come on the show (and we’d still love to have you on, mate!) but Aussie time zones being what they are, he wasn’t able to make it. Fin is also noticeably absent as well. So, with skeleton crew, Ash, Fishbone and I muddle through the plasma and platelets of Lifeblood, the October expansion! We touch upon Resource Wars, CCP Karkur’s Little things and finally do a brief discussion of the coup of CO2. Goonswarm making things greener in EVE…(by cutting CO2)!

Hope you enjoy!

Panel Members this ep:
Random McNally

Music this ep:
Take the Money And Run by the Steve Miller Band
Judge’s Gonna Cut You Down by RMT Records/Goonswarm

HD 77: From The Ash

From The Ash

Hey Listeners!

Episode 77 brings a fair bit of discussion lead by Ashterothi! We discuss the Agency, the state of Factional Warfare, the Yokai corporation and alliance tournament and we’re joined by a few great voices. Apothne joins us as he wraps up his commentating from EVE-NT, Greygal jumps in with an update from the Yokai situation and some of us regular grunts. Fin shows charity with an alpha in the Yin with a Tormentor fit that helps out one of his poor victims.

Hope you enjoy!

Panel this Episode:
Random McNally

Music this Episode:
Lawyers, Guns and Money by Warren Zevon
Pinball Wizard by The Who

HD 76 Well, Back In My Day

Well, Back In My Day

Hey High Drag listeners! Episode 76 was an excellent discussion! We were Ash-less this time around but at the last minute, we were joined by Elise Randolph and Jin’taan to compare and contrast the original Summer of Rage (Post Incarna) and the current Summer of Mild Discontent. Honestly, it started feeling alike a room full of old guys chatting about the “good ol days”. It was so much fun! In the second segment, we discuss another topic that’s near and dear to my heart, Alliance Tournament. With Elise and Jin’taan doing commentating the upcoming tourney, I felt that tapping their unique perspective would make for AT enlightenment. Fin’s Yin covers the low sec non-bubbling flycatcher.

And I think the audio turned out much better on this episode.

Hold all the hate mail. 😉

Panel members:
Random McNally
Elise Randolph

Music this ep:
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) by Styx
We Are The Champions by Queen

HD 75 Just Not In The Karrdes

Just Not In The Karrdes
Hey High Drag listeners! This episode was a tough one for me to finally stamp approval on. We were joined by the famous (or infamous) Aleksyev Karrde of EVE mercenary fame. Aleks has been running the Declarations of War podcast for longer than we’ve been around and a fully bloodied and vetted podcaster. How he got the audio quality he did…

Suffice it to say, the audio quality on this episode was much poorer than I usually like. We’ll beg your forgiveness, but the conversation was excellent. Please dont beat us up too much…

I would like to give a special shout out to Push Industries (in game) for blazing fast delivery of Random’s gear to his new home! Thanks so very much!

Panel Members:
Random McNally
Aleksyev Karrde

Music this episode:
Alpha Dirtbag by Sindel Pellion

HD 74: A Chat With CCP Larrikin

HD 74: A Chat With CCP Larrikin

It took a bit of work, but we finally scheduled time to chat with CCP Larrikin and we grilled him! This special segment was originally meant to be attached to episode 73, but that would have made a very…very…long episode. Instead, we made this a stand alone mini-episode and Ashterothi and I had a chance to talk about AI’s, Missions and all the (non) sexy things that Larrikin’s group work on.