By Matthew Leitch
This uniquely available, leap forward ebook we could auditors take hold of the pondering at the back of the mathematical method of possibility with out doing the mathematics.Risk regulate professional and previous vast four auditor, Matthew Leitch, takes the reader lightly yet fast in the course of the key ideas, explaining errors firms frequently make and the way auditors can locate them.Spend a couple of minutes each day interpreting this comfortably pocket sized publication and you may quickly remodel your realizing of this hugely topical sector and be widespread for fascinating studies with hazard at their heart."I used to be quite fascinated with this ebook - and i'm now not a mathematician. With my easy knowing of industrial facts and company threat administration i used to be capable of stick with the arguments simply and decide up the jargon of a self-discipline comparable to my very own yet now not my own."—Dr Sarah Blackburn, President on the Institute of inner Auditors - united kingdom and eire
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They are not really interested in exactly which balls are drawn. A lot of risk management in businesses focuses on money. A random variable is, strictly speaking, neither random nor a variable, but is a rule that links each outcome to a unique number. Given an outcome it returns the appropriate number. People often talk about random variables as if they represent the actual outcome (which is not yet known). In other words, they treat them as if they are the numbers returned rather than the rule, but this usually doesn’t lead to mistakes.
For example, a ﬁnancial loss like losing £1 million is surely more important if this amount would destroy your company. When we talk casually about ‘impact’ there is always the danger of overlooking this point and ﬂipping from thinking in money terms to acting as if it is really utility we are talking about. The two ways of thinking give different answers. Suppose we have two ‘risks’, one of which can lead to losses in a narrow range, with the average being £100,000. The other also has an average of £100,000 but the range of possibilities is much larger with a possibility of losses that ruin the company.
Although Kolmogorov’s approach has been accepted for decades it still hasn’t reached every textbook and website. Kolmogorov’s thinking is a mass of mind-boggling terminology and notation (which I’m not going to go into) and was mostly concerned with applying the fashionable ideas of measure theory to probability. Yet one of the key ideas behind it is simple: since starting with probabilities for outcomes hasn’t worked neatly for us, let’s start with probabilities for events instead. 27 PROBABILITY MEASURE (ALSO KNOWN AS PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTION, PROBABILITY FUNCTION, OR EVEN PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION) The result of Kolmogorov’s hard work was the notion of a magical thing called a probability measure that tells you what probability number is associated with each event.