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#1 gavinksong

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:47 PM

Hey, kids.

 

Here's a pizza. I'm going to make N random straight cuts. Enjoy!

 

How many pieces do you expect?


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#2 harey

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 02:59 PM

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#3 gavinksong

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 04:27 PM

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Nice try, harey! But you should not think it is so simple! The cuts are not necessarily through the center.


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#4 DeGe

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 04:34 PM

This is a good question. With every step that I take, it gets more and more complex :unsure:

I am probably not using the right technique!


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#5 Joyandwarmfuzzies

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:30 PM

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:42 PM

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The cuts are random, not necessarily maximizing number of slices. Otherwise you'd be correct. 


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#7 Joyandwarmfuzzies

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:33 PM

 

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The cuts are random, not necessarily maximizing number of slices. Otherwise you'd be correct. 

 

Oh damn, good point.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:56 PM

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#9 Anza Power

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:00 PM

Hi.

 

Can you please define random cuts? you are stepping into the problem in Bertrand's Paradox.


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#10 gavinksong

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:34 AM

Hi.

 

Can you please define random cuts? you are stepping into the problem in Bertrand's Paradox.

 

I had random endpoints in mind, but I suppose either of the other methods might make interesting problems too.


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