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How to roll a Dice by tossing a Coin ? Cheenta Statistics Department

How can you roll a dice by tossing a coin? Can you use your probability knowledge? Use your conditioning skills.

Suppose, you have gone to a picnic with your friends. You have planned to play the physical version of the Snake and Ladder game. You found out that you have lost your dice.

The shit just became real!

Now, you have an unbiased coin in your wallet / purse. You know Probability.

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Can you simulate the dice from the coin?

Ofcourse, you know chances better than others. :3

Take a coin.

Toss it 3 times. Record the outcomes.

HHH = Number 1

HHT = Number 2

HTH = Number 3

HTT = Number 4

THH = Number 5

THT = Number 6

TTH = Reject it, don’t ccount the toss and toss again

TTT = Reject it, don’t ccount the toss and toss again

Voila done!

What is the probability of HHH in this experiment?

Let X be the outcome in the restricted experiment as shown.

How is this experiment is different from the actual experiment?

This experiment is conditioning on the event A = {HHH, HHT, HTH, HTT, THH, THT}.

\(P( X = HHH) = P (X = HHH | X \in A ) = \frac{P (X = HHH)}{P (X \in A)} = \frac{1}{6}\)

Beautiful right?

Can you generalize this idea?

Food for thought

  • Give an algorithm to simulate any conditional probability.
  • Give an algorithm to simulate any event with probability \(\frac{m}{2^k}\), where \( m \leq 2^k \).
  • Give an algorithm to simulate any event with probability \(\frac{m}{2^k}\), where \( n \leq 2^k \).
  • Give an algorithm to simulate any event with probability \(\frac{m}{n}\), where \( m \leq n \leq 2^k \) using conditional probability.

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Circumference of a Semicircle | AMC 8, 2014 | Problem 25

Try this beautiful problem from AMC-8-2014 (Geometry) based on Circumference of a Semicircle

Circumference of a Semicircle- AMC 8, 2014 – Problem 25

On A straight one-mile stretch of highway, 40 feet wide, is closed. Robert rides his bike on a path composed of semicircles as shown. If he rides at 5miles per hour, how many hours will it take to cover the one-mile stretch?

circumference of a semicircle

  • \(\frac{\pi}{11}\)
  • \(\frac{\pi}{10}\)
  • \(\frac{\pi}{5}\)

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AMC-8, 2014 problem 25

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Find the circumference of a semi-circle

Can you now finish the problem ……….

If Robert rides in a straight line, it will take him \(\frac {1}{5}\) hours

can you finish the problem……..

circumference of a semicircle

If Robert rides in a straight line, it will take him \(\frac {1}{5}\) hours. When riding in semicircles, let the radius of the semicircle r, then the circumference of a semicircle is \({\pi r}\). The ratio of the circumference of the semicircle to its diameter is \(\frac {\pi}{2}\). so the time Robert takes is  \(\frac{1}{5} \times \frac{\pi}{2}\). which is equal to \(\frac{\pi}{10}\)

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