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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
Test Your Intuition (19): The Advantage of the Proposers in the Stable Matching Algorithm
Stable mariage The GaleShapley stable matching theorem and the algorithm. GALESHAPLEY 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
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
Posted in Probability, Test your intuition
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Test Your Intuition (17): What does it Take to Win TicTacToe
(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
What does “beyond a reasonable doubt” practically mean?
(Motivated by two questions from Gowers’s How should mathematics be taught to non mathematicians.)
Posted in Law, Probability, Test your intuition
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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
Posted in Algebra and Number Theory, Test your intuition
Tagged Euclid, Greek mathematics
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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
Posted in Statistics, Test your intuition
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Discrepancy, The BeckFiala 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
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