Category Archives: Probability

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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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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Noise Sensitivity and Percolation. Lecture Notes by Christophe Garban and Jeff Steif

Lectures on noise sensitivity and percolation is a new beautiful monograph by Christophe Garban and Jeff Steif. (Some related posts on this blog: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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Is Backgammon in P?

  The Complexity of Zero-Sum Stochastic Games with Perfect Information Is there a polynomial time algorithm for chess?  Well, if we consider the complexity of chess in terms of the board size then it is fair to think that the answer is … Continue reading

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Emmanuel Abbe: Erdal Arıkan’s Polar Codes

Click here for the most recent polymath3 research thread. A new thread is comming soon. Emmanuel Abbe and Erdal Arıkan This post is authored by Emmanuel Abbe A new class of codes, called polar codes, recently made a breakthrough in … Continue reading

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Benoît’s Fractals

Mandelbrot set Benoît Mandelbrot passed away a few dayes ago on October 14, 2010. Since 1987, Mandelbrot was a member of the Yale’s mathematics department. This chapterette from my book “Gina says: Adventures in the Blogosphere String War”   about fractals is brought here on this … Continue reading

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Midrasha Talks are Now Online

Itai Benjamini listening to Gadi Kozma There are 41 lectures from the Midrasha on Probability and Geometry: The Mathematics of Oded Schramm which are now online. Joram Lindenstrauss’s concluding lecture (click on the picture to see) Laci Lovasz More pictures … Continue reading

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Test Your Intuition (11): Is it Rational to Insure a Toaster

Here is a question from last year’s exam in the course “Basic Ideas of Mathematics”:   You buy a toaster for 200 NIS ($50) and you are offered one year of insurance for 24 NIS ($6).   a) Is it … Continue reading

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