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# SOCR EduMaterials Activities BirthdayExperiment - Explanation of General Problem and Simulation

Course Topic(s): Probability | Basic Probability, basic rules | Combinatorics | Famous Problems, birthday

A general discussion of birthday type problems is given and there is an associated applet. In the applet, the number of days in the year can be set from 1 to 400 (default 365). The number of people in the room can be set from 1 to 100 (default 20). The probability distribution for the probability of finding at least one match for the given number of people is given and a simulation can be run. Alternatively, the number of distinct values in the sample can be considered as the random variable of interest.

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Subject classification(s): Elementary Probability | Probability | Statistics and Probability

Creator(s): SOCR Project

Contributor(s): SOCR Resources

This resource was cataloged by Carolyn Cuff

Publisher:
SOCR Publishing

Resource copyright: Creative Commons

This review was published on September 13, 2012

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