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Balls, Birthdays and Coincidences

  • Brian Everitt
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Introduction

Mathematicians interested in probability often appear to others to be rather odd individuals. They are, for example, frequently caught pondering the different number of ways in which objects (usually balls) can be placed in containers (usually urns). One of the more fascinating results of such esoteric contemplation is a formula that gives the probability that each urn contains a single ball when a number of balls (say \(n\)

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Single Ball Symbolic Thinking Lottery Winner Mathematics Professor Birthday Problem 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College, School of MedicineLondonUK

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