Using Probability in Search-and-Rescue Operations | Prediction by the Numbers

Using Probability in Search-and-Rescue Operations | Prediction by the Numbers
Using Probability in Search-and-Rescue Operations | Prediction by the Numbers
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Explore how probability can be used to help find people lost at sea, even when rescuers have very little information, in this video from NOVA: Prediction by the Numbers. To improve its search-and-rescue efforts, the U.S. Coast Guard has developed a system that uses Bayesian inference, a mathematical concept that dates back to the 18th century. The Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS) uses a mathematical approach to calculate probabilities of where a floating person or object might be based on changing ocean currents, wind direction, or other new information. Use this resource to stimulate thinking and questions about appropriate uses of statistical methods.

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