It often displays an underlying order that can be quantified, and thus used to advantage.
This is the central purpose of Statistical Engineering.
... answers a question with a single number, assumed to occur with certitude, while probabilistic methods provide a range of likely answers, plus a statement on the probability of a given result.
... makes predictions about uncertain future events based on less than ideal observations of the past.
It quantifies factors often left to intuition, like uncertainty, incomplete information and complicated interdependencies ...
... and thus leverages the engineer's understanding of how things work with the statistician's capacity to figure out why when they don't.
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One change is that all pages having the ".htm" identifier are being changed to ".html" This could cause a bookmarked page to seem to have disappeared. Just rename the URL to ".html" from ".htm" and we're back.
Another, annoying, but hopefully temporary change is the appearance of odd-ball, goofy characters where conventional mathematical symbols should be. Fixing these is more difficult than it might seem since often they appear on one browser but not another.
And those pesky pointers! *&%@#$%!