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Dice Roll Resolution (Posted on 2016-09-08) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Consider an eight-sided die numbered 1 to 8 which is loaded in such a way that the probability of each face turning up is proportional to the number of dots on that face. For example, a six is three times as probable as a two.

The die is rolled until a run of 8 different faces appears. For example, one might roll the sequence 6565742726486467483472516 with only the last eight rolls all distinct.

(i) What is the expected number of rolls for the above event?

(ii) How will the answer change if the last 8 rolls was required to produce 12345432 (strictly in this order?

No Solution Yet Submitted by K Sengupta    
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Attempt at simulating part ii | Comment 3 of 4 |
Trying part ii, the simulation did not find a hit after more than 800,000 rolls on even the first trial.
  Posted by Charlie on 2016-09-08 13:29:23
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