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First to Toss N Heads Wins

Author(s): 
Chris Hallstrom*, University of Portland
Talk Abstract: 
Two players play a game, taking turns tossing a coin; the winner is the first to reach $n$ heads for some agreed upon value of $n$. What is the probability that the player to go first wins? In this talk, we will consider this question as well as its application to your lunch-time half-court basketball game.
Session: 
Talk Subject: 
Probability and Statistics
Time Slot: 
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:15
Room Number: 
STAG 161