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52 Pickup (Posted on 2008-01-15) Difficulty: 3 of 5
52-pickup is the practical joke "game" where the mark finds out that the game consists of the proposer spraying all 52 cards of a deck into the air, letting them fall onto the floor, and then the mark has to pick them up.

Suppose all 52 cards are now on the floor, each card randomly and independently face up or down with probability 1/2.

What is the probability that the sum of the face-up cards (counting A, J, Q, K as 1, 11, 12, 13 respectively) is a multiple of 13?

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re: Computer Solution | Comment 3 of 5 |
(In reply to Computer Solution by Oren)

You might want to try a computer program to calculate the actual probability, rather than the Monte Carlo method. Double precision will be necessary to differentiate from equal probabilities of all mod 13 values.
  Posted by Charlie on 2008-01-16 12:35:41

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