"Gambling Games and Random Walks"
Jeffrey Rosenthal (Mathematics/Statistics, University of Toronto)
April 10, 2001
6:00 - 9:00
The Fields Institute
Imagine repeatedly making $1
bets, until you either lose all your money or get sufficiently rich. Or, imagine
a frog randomly jumping from lily pad to lily pad according to certain rules.
Such processes correspond to "random walks". We will discuss how to
identify such processes, and how to calculate various probabilities associated
Here is a the worksheet we worked from (in pdf
The door prizes were:
"The Mathematical Tourist" by Ivars Peterson, won by Magda Sabovich
and "Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics" by Bonnie
Averbach and Orin Chein, won by Cameron Franc. Congratulations to both!
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