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When James Quigley applied to MIT, he didn’t need an algorithm to tell him getting in wasn’t a high-probability outcome. An Army veteran attending community college in California, he possessed a talent for math, a desire to do big things, and a sobering group of friends who insisted: “Mortals don’t get into MIT.” Quigley knew a dare when he heard one. As for probability measures, those he chose to ignore.

Now a second-year student at the Institute, Quigley was recently sitting in a lecture for 6.00 (Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python). The topic of the day was using a computer simulation to estimate the value of an unknown quantity: the proba…
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