Tag Archives: Binomial distribution

Coin Tossing and Family Size

If you a toss a coin 9 times, what is the probability of obtaining 8 heads and 1 tail? I just tossed one penny 9 times and the following is the resulting sequence of heads and tails. The above little … Continue reading

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The Osmond Brothers – a Binomial Example

According to Wikipedia, the Osmonds are an American family music group with a long and varied career – a career that took them from singing barbershop music as children, to achieving success as teen-music idols, to producing a hit television … Continue reading

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One gambling problem that launched modern probability theory

Chevelier de Mere (1607-1684) was a gentleman gambler in France who made it to the history book by turning to Blaise Pascal, an eminent mathematician of his time, for help in finding a mathematical answer for why he consistently lost … Continue reading

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