Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers has 40 ratings and 8 reviews. David said: This is a very good book about methods for computing probability. This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Their solutions occupy 95 pages. Review of Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers, Paul J. Nahin: a very good read, a very useful book, very nice problems.

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Paperbackpages. What are the chances it will snow on your birthday in any given year? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The book is divided into three main parts. If you know any programming language, the code is simple enough to understand.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Personally, I prefer Perl and that is what I used to run some of the simulations. This was a surprise: In this collection of twenty-one puzzles, Paul Nahin challenges us to think creatively about the laws of probability as they apply in playful, sometimes deceptive, ways to a fascinating array of speculative situations. In the first part he presents the problems and elaborates on their history, if any, and provides hints or solves a related problem.

Clearly not for a general audience, but still quite a bit of fun. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Their solutions occupy 95 pages, and there are a further 90 pages including many MATLAB programs and an essay on random number generation.

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Games of Russian roulette, problems involving the accumulation of insects on flypaper, and strategies for determining the odds of the underdog winning the World Series all reveal intriguing dimensions to the workings of probability.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The solutions are presented here in detail, and many contain a profound element of surprise. Usually these books containing programs written by non-programmers are just frustrating to read, but this was an exception; Duelllng description of his programs is usually convincing enough, and though I didn’t read through all of the source code included in the appendix MATLAB isn’t a fun langua This was a surprise: Those duelling idiots are fighting over a goldmine.

Anthony rated it did not like it Dec 16, The third probabilitj contains computer programs for simulating the solutions; the programs are written in Matlab, which for me is just perfect. What Paul Nahin offers is essentially probabklity mathematical equivalent of a collection of Far Side dueoling Still an interesting read. The first gives “The Problems” and the second yields “The Solutions”; the third explains how computers generate random “more precisely called pseudo-random” numbers, and concludes with a series of programs that simulate the problems in part one.

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This book comprises 21 problems in probability, some having several parts, that are fairly discursively set out over 65 pages. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Erin rated it it was ok Mar 26, Not all of the problems are interesting, but most of them are more interesting than the usual problems you get in books masquerading as popular mathematics.


Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. J. Nahin

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Written in a time when “source code” was not easily available, so it’s printed in several pages in the book instead.

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Pobability to Read saving…. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Nahin has written neither an academic book, nor one for an audience of novices: The markswoman shoots times with the chosen rifle, and finds her mark times. Radha rated it really liked it Jun 19, The text includes a good deal of personal, technical and historical background to the topics under discussion, between solid chunks of mathematical working.