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Bored while eating Spaghetti

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:33 PM

You are given a plate of spaghetti and told to do the following: Pick up one end of a spaghetti noodle and tie it to another end of a noodle (randomly selecting each). Continue to do this until all the ends have been tied together. If there were originally N pieces of spaghetti, what is the expected number of loops of spaghetti you would form? A loop may consist of any number of pieces of spaghetti tied together, and the loops could be linked to one another.

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#2 superprismatic

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 09:50 PM

Spoiler for I get

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:56 AM

Spoiler for I get

Wow.
That is thought-provoking.
This is one case for which I am glad the solution details are not (yet) divulged.

Nice puzzle also.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 12:57 AM

Spoiler for Here are the details of my solution

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