Movies and Math — Basic probability

Ryan Howe
The Startup
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3 min readJun 7, 2020

The following was originally going to be about non-standard matrix decompositions, however it is going to take some more time than I expected to format it. Instead I was inspired to write about a piece of math I saw on a TV show. I am using the current title because I anticipate that I may find other interesting problems on TV or in the movies.

I’ve been binging the TV series, ‘The Good Doctor’. It’s a medical drama based on a Korean TV series with the same name. The show focuses on a surgical resident called Shaun Murphy who is an autistic savant. It is an…