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 TYI 30: Expected number of Dice throws
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Stan Wagon, TYI 23: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Answer
TYI 32, kindly offered by Stan Wagon asked A round cake has icing on the top but not the bottom. Cut out a piece in the usual shape (a sector of a circle with vertex at the center), remove it, … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Geometry, Test your intuition
Tagged Stan Wagon, Test your intuition
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Stan Wagon: TYI 32 – A Cake Problem.
The following post was kindly contributed by Stan Wagon. Stan (Wikipedea) is famous for his books, papers, snowsculptures, and squarewheels bicycles (see picture below) ! A round cake has icing on the top but not the bottom. Cut out a … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Guest blogger, Uncategorized
Tagged Guest blogger, Stan Wagon, Test your intuition
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TYI 31 – Rados Radoicic’s Rope Problem
Ropemaker (source) Rados Radoicic wrote me: “Several years back, I heard the following puzzle that turns out to be rather ‘classical’: “There are N ropes in a bag. In each step, two rope ends are picked uniformly at random, tied … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Probability, Test your intuition
Tagged Rados Radoicic, Test your intuition
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TYI 30: Expected number of Dice throws
Test your intuition: You throw a dice until you get 6. What is the expected number of throws (including the throw giving 6) conditioned on the event that all throws gave even numbers. followup post
Test your intuition 29: Diameter of various random trees
Both trees in general and random trees in particular are wonderful objects. And there is nothing more appropriate to celebrate Russ Lyons great birthday conference “Elegance in Probability” (taking place now in Tel Aviv) than to test your intuition, dear … Continue reading
Posted in Combinatorics, Probability, Test your intuition
Tagged Russ Lyons, Test your intuition
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TYI 26: Attaining the Maximum
(Thanks, Dani!) Given a random sequence , ******, , let . and assume that . What is the probability that the maximum value of is attained only for a single value of ? Test your intuition: is this probability bounded … Continue reading
TYI 25: The Automorphism Group of the Symmetric Group
True or False: The group of automorphisms of the symmetric group , n ≥ 3 is itself.
Posted in Algebra and Number Theory, Test your intuition
Tagged Test your intuition, the symmetric group
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Test your intuition 24: Which of the following three groups is trivial
Martin Bridson We have three finitely presented groups A is generated by two generators a and b and one relation B is generated by three generators a, b, c and three relations , . C is generated by four generators a, b, c, d … Continue reading
Posted in Algebra and Number Theory, Test your intuition
Tagged Martin Bridson, Test your intuition
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Test Your Intuition (23): How Many Women?
How many women can you find on this poster announcing the 25th Jerusalem School in Economics Theory devoted to Matching and Market Design? Please respond to the poll:
Answer to Test Your Intuition (22)
Indeed, most people got it right! Bundling sometimes increases revenues, sometimes keeps revenues the same, and sometimes decreases revenues. In fact, this is an interesting issue which was the subject of recent research effort. So here are a few … Continue reading
Posted in Economics, Test your intuition
Tagged Auctions, Noam Nisan, Sergiu Hart, Test your intuition
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