Category Archives: Test your intuition

Itai Ashlagi, Yashodhan Kanoria, and Jacob Leshno: What a Difference an Additional Man makes?

We are considering the stable marriage theorem. Suppose that there are n men and n women. If the preferences are random and men are proposing, what is the likely average women’s rank of their husbands, and what is the likely average … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (19): The Advantage of the Proposers in the Stable Matching Algorithm

Stable mariage The Gale-Shapley stable matching theorem and the algorithm. GALE-SHAPLEY THEOREM Consider a society of n men and n women and suppose that every man [and every woman] have a preference (linear) relation on the women [men] he [she] knows. Then … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (18): How many balls will be left when only one color remains?

(Thanks to Itai Benjamini and Ronen Eldan.) Test (quickly) your intuition:  You have a box with n red balls and n blue balls. You take out balls one by one at random until left only with balls of the same … Continue reading

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Mittag-Leffler Institute and Yale, Winter 2005; Test your intuition: Who Played the Piano?

This is a little “flashback” intermission in my posts about my debate with Aram Harrow. This time I try to refer to Cris Moore’s question regarding  the motivation for my study. For the readers it gives an opportunity to win a … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (17): What does it Take to Win Tic-Tac-Toe

(A few more quantum posts are coming. But let’s have a quick break for games.) Tic Tac Toe is played since anciant times. For the common version, where the two players X and O take turns in marking the empty squares … Continue reading

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What does “beyond a reasonable doubt” practically mean?

(Motivated by two questions from Gowers’s How should mathematics be taught to non mathematicians.)

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Test Your Intuition (16): Euclid’s Number Theory Theorems

Euclid’s Euclid’s book IX on number theory contains 36 propositions. The 36th proposition is: Proposition 36.If as many numbers as we please beginning from a unit are set out continuously in double proportion until the sum of all becomes prime, … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (15): Which Experiment is More Convincing

Consider the following  two scenarios (1) An experiment tests the effect of a new medicine on people which have a certain illness. The conclusion of the experiment is that for 5% of the people tested the medication led to improvement while for … Continue reading

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Discrepancy, The Beck-Fiala Theorem, and the Answer to “Test Your Intuition (14)”

The Question Suppose that you want to send a message so that it will reach all vertices of the discrete -dimensional cube. At each time unit (or round) you can send the message to one vertex. When a vertex gets the … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (14): A Discrete Transmission Problem

Recall that the -dimensional discrete cube is the set of all binary vectors ( vectors) of length n. We say that two binary vectors are adjacent if they differ in precisely one coordinate. (In other words, their Hamming distance is 1.) This … Continue reading

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