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Answer to Test Your Intuition (9)
Two experimental results of 10/100 and 15/100 are not equivalent to one experiment with outcomes 3/200. (Here is a link to the original post.) One way to see it is to think about 100 experiments. The outcomes under the null … Continue reading
Buffon’s Needle and the Perimeter of Planar Sets of Constant Width
Here is an answer to “Test your intuition (8)”. (Essentially the answer posed by David Eppstein.) (From Wolfram Mathworld) Buffon’s needle problem asks to find the probability that a needle of length will land on a line, given a floor … Continue reading
Test Your Intuition (8)
Consider all planar sets A with constant width 1. Namely, in every direction, the distance between the two parallel lines that touch A from both sides is 1. We already know that there exists such sets other than the circle … Continue reading
Test Your Intuition (7)
Consider the following game: you have a box that contains one white ball and one black ball. You choose a ball at random and then return it to the box. If you chose a white ball then a white ball is added to … Continue reading
Test Your Intuition (6)
This is not as clear cut a question as the earlier ones, and if you do not know an answer then it will be difficult to figure one out just based on intuition. (But perhaps possible). If you are intrigued by … Continue reading
Test Your Intuition (5)
(Not such a set) consider a planar set A with the following property. In every direction, the distance between the two parallel lines that touch A from both sides is the same! Must A be a circle?
Answer To Test Your Intuition (4)
Let G be a graph and u and v two vertices. (1) Let H be a random graph where every edge of G is chosen with probability ½. Let p be the probability that there is a path between u … Continue reading
Answer to Test Your Intuition (3)
Question: Let be the dimensional cube. Turn into a torus by identifying opposite facets. What is the minumum dimensional volume of a subset of which intersects every nontrivial cycle in . Answer: Taking to be all points in the solid … Continue reading
Test Your Intuition (3)
Let be the dimensional cube. Turn into a torus by identifying opposite facets. What is the minumum dimensional volume of a subset of which intersects every nontrivial cycle in .
Test Your Intuition (2)
Question: Let be the cube in centered at the origin and having dimensional volume equal to one. What is the maximum dimensional volume of when is a hyperplane? Can you guess the behavior of when ? Can you guess the plane which … Continue reading