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June 23, 2014

"The Math Formula That Explains All Those Strange Coincidences"

I knew about--and taught--the Birthday Problem. But the three other examples, especially the one with the roulette wheel, are interesting and useful, too. (Though the "math formula" is left as an exercise for the reader.)


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I was just rereading "Nonplussed" by Julian Havil and enjoying the "mathematical proof of implausible ideas." ;->= Of course the Birthday Paradox is prominently featured. He's got some other good ones, too. I can no longer generate the math, but I can still follow it. Fun.

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