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## #1 2013-03-26 20:46:31

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### Another coin problem

You toss 25 coins.
What is the expected number of consecutive pair of heads?

Clarfication: for example, in a series of 6 coins if the result is HHTHHH then the number of consecutive pair of heads is 3

The answer is 6 according to an experiment......

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## #2 2013-03-26 20:48:32

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### Re: Another coin problem

The actual answer is 24*1/4=6 as well.

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## #3 2013-03-26 20:59:10

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### Re: Another coin problem

Hmm .... How to do this?

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## #4 2013-03-26 21:33:41

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Hi;

You use the linearity of expectation.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #5 2013-03-26 21:35:57

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### Re: Another coin problem

But I do not know about it!

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
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## #6 2013-03-26 21:37:38

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Hi;

Okay, I will tell you what I know and please pay close attention to my signature.

Let Xi = 1 if the ith and (i+1)th coins are both heads, 0 otherwise, for i= 1,2,...,24.

E(Xi) = (1/2)(1/2) = 1/4.

Then the expected number of matches is
E(number of adj pairs) = 24 * (1/4) = 6.

Here we have used the theorem that E(X+Y) = E(X) +E(Y), which is true even if X and Y are not independent.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #7 2013-03-26 21:52:23

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### Re: Another coin problem

What won't you tell those fools?

That explanation went away tangentially over my head.
What is this Xi?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #8 2013-03-26 21:54:47

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### Re: Another coin problem

One minute, I went to the restroom and thought about it.
It seems I got the idea now

The probability that a coin and its next coin both are H is (1/4)
And as there are 24 coins (since there is no coin after the 25th), the Expected number of consecutive pair of heads is (1/4)*24

Have I got it correct?

Anyway whats xi?

Last edited by Agnishom (2013-03-26 21:57:25)

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #9 2013-03-26 21:56:10

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What won't you tell those fools?

Hey, that is pretty funny!

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #10 2013-03-26 21:58:46

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### Re: Another coin problem

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #11 2013-03-26 22:07:41

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That is the idea! You can multiply them because of the linearity of expectation.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #12 2013-03-26 22:09:19

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### Re: Another coin problem

What does that mean?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #13 2013-03-26 22:12:46

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When you are multiplying by 24 you are actually adding 24 things up.

E(x+y) = E(x)+E(y)

E(x+y+z)=E(x)+E(y)+E(z)
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In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #14 2013-03-26 22:22:08

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### Re: Another coin problem

Yay got it

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #15 2013-03-26 22:23:25

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You are a very clever person.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #16 2013-03-26 22:29:26

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### Re: Another coin problem

Are we still on the new s erver?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #17 2013-03-26 22:30:02

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Yes, I believe so.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #18 2013-03-26 22:50:22

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### Re: Another coin problem

Hope you have already figured out, but in case you haven't : my exams just ended on March 22, 2013 1:35 PM IST

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #19 2013-03-26 22:55:57

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How did you do?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #20 2013-03-26 23:02:48

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### Re: Another coin problem

Everything was okay except maths.

I am also afraid about Nky

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #21 2013-03-26 23:03:42

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What are you afraid of and why was math a problem?

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #22 2013-03-26 23:14:28

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### Re: Another coin problem

Math was a problem because:
1. We had to finish a 90 marks paper within 3 hours. Which is lengthy enough for maths.
2. I have a tendency to make silly mistakes which are further enhanced by point 1. as I didn't have time to revise the paper
3. I may have forgotten to do a trivial (or a nontrivial) in my paper.
4. I could not solve a problem, which carried four marks.

Moreover, everyone expects me to do extremely good in math

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #23 2013-03-26 23:17:16

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Sounds like a lot of pressure. You need a vacation.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

## #24 2013-03-26 23:22:15

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### Re: Another coin problem

I have got a vacation.
The results of the exams are on 11th April and our new sessions start from the 12th

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
'Who are you to judge everything?' -Alokananda

## #25 2013-03-26 23:23:48

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Oh, very good. I am being called away to do a chore. See you in a bit.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.