A Novel Application of Augmented Reality to Statistical Inference (04 September 2020)

A diagram of radon's behavior

Published 04 September 2020

In 1984, the "Watras incident" drew media and congressional attention in the U.S. when radon, a radioactive carcinogenic gas, was recorded as almost 700 times the safe level at the Watras family home on the Reading Prong in Pennsylvania - a lung cancer risk equivalent of smoking 250 packs of cigarettes every day! Combining synthetic data with real data, i.e., Augmented Reality (AR), can provide key insights into different phenomena.

In a new study, Estimation of Tail Probabilities by Repeated Augmented Reality, (published in JSTP), Saumyadipta Pyne and Prof. Benjamin Kedem of University of Maryland developed an AR approach for estimation of tail probabilities of rare events such as unusual environmental exposures, weather extremes, or disease outbreaks from a moderate number of observations. (Image courtesy: NY Times)