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## #1 2014-09-16 06:47:36

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### Bitter die

A fair die is tossed 30 times. What is the expected number of times the string 654321 comes up?

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## #2 2014-09-16 09:51:28

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### Re: Bitter die

I am getting

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## #3 2014-09-16 11:26:05

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### Re: Bitter die

Hi;

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #4 2014-09-16 11:32:17

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### Re: Bitter die

What kind of work?

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
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## #5 2014-09-16 11:38:53

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### Re: Bitter die

Work to make it correct.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #6 2014-09-16 11:39:44

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### Re: Bitter die

Are you sure it is not correct?

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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## #7 2014-09-16 11:45:14

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### Re: Bitter die

Hm, actually, I think I know what I did wrong.

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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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## #8 2014-09-16 11:45:28

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### Re: Bitter die

That is a good question and I could ask you the same question.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #9 2014-09-16 11:46:48

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### Re: Bitter die

Look at the post before yours.

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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## #10 2014-09-16 11:49:08

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### Re: Bitter die

That is the correct answer! Very good.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #11 2014-09-16 11:50:24

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### Re: Bitter die

Thanks. I have miscounted something, that's why I got the first answer.

I wouldn't have been so sure of either answer if it wasn't for the simulation.

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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## #12 2014-09-16 11:55:22

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### Re: Bitter die

I wouldn't have been so sure of either answer if it wasn't for the simulation.

Now you are learning, without it you have no direction and no check.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #13 2014-09-16 11:57:48

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### Re: Bitter die

Anyway, this wasn't as hard as you said it would be.

How did you do it?

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
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## #14 2014-09-16 12:00:06

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### Re: Bitter die

I saw a post outlining a nice method, so I posted the problem.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #15 2014-09-16 12:01:10

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### Re: Bitter die

Which method?

I used the independence of expectation trick.

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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## #16 2014-09-16 12:05:09

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### Re: Bitter die

It can also be done using a Markov Chain and therefore a recurrence and a generating function.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #17 2014-09-16 12:08:31

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### Re: Bitter die

I wanted to do it with a Markov chain, but I couldn't find the formula for the expected number of visits to a state.

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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## #18 2014-09-16 12:10:19

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### Re: Bitter die

That can be done with M or by hand.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #19 2014-09-16 12:10:54

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### Re: Bitter die

Yes, but I do not know how.

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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## #20 2014-09-16 12:17:04

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### Re: Bitter die

Well there is an easy way to find out.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #21 2014-09-16 12:17:56

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### Re: Bitter die

And that is?

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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## #22 2014-09-16 12:22:48

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### Re: Bitter die

You could ask a great computational mathematician. A guy who consistently gets answer when everyone else fails. A guy who has mastered both Mathematics and Mathematica and a dit of Maple too. Or you could try asking me.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #23 2014-09-16 12:27:47

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### Re: Bitter die

Hm, let's try the second option. I put my hands together and say the magic words.

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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## #24 2014-09-16 12:30:05

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### Re: Bitter die

For the first part you will create the matrix in M compatible form.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #25 2014-09-16 12:32:31

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### Re: Bitter die

Okay. Then what?

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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