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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Here's a thread on expectation i.e. expected values. Post any problems on the mentioned subject here if yu want to. :-)

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**problem 1This one is easy ( sure it is, once you have seen it 151 times ).What is the expected number of tosses of a coin before a head comes up. Show your answer in at least 4 different ways.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi bobbym

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Nope. It has a k in the exponent, not k-1. The probability of getting k heads before a tails appears is (1/2)^k and the probability that a tails then appears is 1/2.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Could be a problem with the wording. In this case we count the toss where the head comes up too.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Yeah. I just assumed it to mean the number of tosses you do before (literally before) you toss a head comes up. Either way, that is one way of getting it. The other is to do a simulation, see what the result is empitically and then try to prove (or not :) that the result is indeed what we got from the simulation. I haven't a clue about what two more metgods could be...

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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And the fourth?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Markov chain is another way.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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How would you do it with a Markov chain?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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What do those entries represent?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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No, because I don't know what you are refering to with Tmiss and Thit...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Not only is it badly labelled but see the two ones? That means two absorbing states, one for HH and one for TT. The chain ends when you get HH but not TT, so there should only be one absorbing state. Also it is too big.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Wouldn't (1/2 , 1/2 ; 0 , 1) be better?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct! Know how to solve that?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Sum[P^n,n,0,infty] and take the term P[1,1]

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That might be difficult to do. have you tried that?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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It is very simple. The general nth power of that matrix is (1/2^n,1-(1/2^n) ; 0,1). It reduces to the sum we already have, so it gives confirmation of that sum.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The limit of that is

which is not correct.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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It is correct. It just says that you are eventually bound to get a tails.

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