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Surprises in probability : seventeen short stories

Author: H C Tijms
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book bundles together a variety of probability applications through entertaining stories that will appeal to a broad readership. What are the best stopping rules for the dating problem, the Chow-Robbins game and the devil's penny game? How the gambler's fallacy created the Venice-53 hysteria in the national Italian lottery. These questions and many others are addressed in seventeen short chapters that can be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H C Tijms
ISBN: 9780367000820 0367000822 9780367000431 0367000431
OCLC Number: 1037294473
Description: xiii, 131 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: What is casino credit worth? --
One hundred prisoners : freedom or death --
Birthday surprises and 500 Oldsmobiles --
Was the champions league rigged? --
Benford goes to the casino --
Surprising card games, or, it's all in the cards --
The lost boarding pass and the Seven Dwarfs --
Monte Carlo simulation and probability : the interface --
Lotto nonsense : the world is asking to be deceived --
March madness grips the USA --
Coincidences and impossibilities --
Gambler's fallacy --
Euler's number e is everywhere --
The 10 most beautiful formulas in probability --
Beating the odds on the lottery --
Investing and gambling with Kelly --
To stop or not to stop? That is the question.
Responsibility: by Henk Tijms, Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics.

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"This book bundles together a variety of probability applications through entertaining stories that will appeal to a broad readership. What are the best stopping rules for the dating problem, the Chow-Robbins game and the devil's penny game? How the gambler's fallacy created the Venice-53 hysteria in the national Italian lottery. These questions and many others are addressed in seventeen short chapters that can be read independently. The engaging stories are instructive as well and demonstrate valuable probabilistic ideas"--

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