Event Detail

Event Type: 
Department Colloquium
Monday, November 16, 2009 - 08:00
Kidd 350 (Joint with Statistics)

Speaker Info

Cambridge University Statistical Laboratory

Coin tosses are the very essence of probability theory. Yet, there are a number of simply stated problems that have resisted solution. These may involve Peter Winkler's clairvoyant demon, and they may sometimes be cast in the domain of so-called dependent percolation. Three such problems and their extensions are discussed in this talk. The only prerequisite expected of the audience is an affinity for tossing a fair coin.