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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
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
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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.)
Posted in Law, Probability, Test your intuition
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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)
Posted in Combinatorics, Probability
Tagged Christoph Garban, Jeff Steif, Noise, Noisesensitivity, Percolation
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Is Backgammon in P?
The Complexity of ZeroSum 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
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
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
Posted in Geometry, Obituary, Physics, Probability
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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
Posted in Combinatorics, Conferences, Probability
Tagged Geometry, Oded Schramm, Probability
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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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Tagged Insurance, Test your intuition
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