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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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. A probabiltiy of around half a dozen problems are essentially geometrical probability. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers by Paul J. Nahin

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 proabbility, ways to a fascinating array of speculative situations. Jan 20, David rated it really liked it Recommended to David by: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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Sign up for new issue notifications. 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.

Indigo Blue rated it it was amazing Mar 27, The book also includes a chapter on random number generation, a key element of Montecarlo simulation. Usually these books containing programs written by non-programmers are just frustrating to read, but this was an exception; Nahin’s 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 languagethe ones I did read were written almost exactly the way I would have written them myself except in MATLAB.

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Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers

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