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 Guess Again (Posted on 2007-01-15)
I generate a random number from 1 to 1000 and ask a student to make a guess of a number. After this guess I tell the student whether they are right or if the correct number is higher or lower. They will get a total of 10 guesses.

I tell my students that if they choose their guess correctly they can always win, which is true. In practice they do not always win because they must guess rather quickly and do any computations in their heads.

If I give you only 9 guesses, what is the probability you will guess the number with optimal guessing?

If I pick a random number from 1 to n with equal probability, tell you the upper limit, and give you x guesses, what is the probability you will win with optimal guessing?

 See The Solution Submitted by Jer Rating: 3.3333 (3 votes)

 Subject Author Date answer using a program alex 2007-04-10 13:40:05 solution Art M 2007-01-19 23:18:11 re: solution Charles Archibals 2007-01-16 22:11:28 solution Charlie 2007-01-15 12:31:23

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