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The decisive straw (Posted on 2014-07-25) Difficulty: 3 of 5
One by one straws are placed on a mathematical camelís back.
The straws have random weight, being drawn independently from the uniform distribution 0 to 1.
The camelís back breaks when the total weight of the straws exceeds 1.

Whatís the expected weight of the straw that breaks the camelís back?

Source: abridged from "Mind your decisions" blog.

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  Subject Author Date
a bit moreLarry2014-07-30 17:48:45
link to the sourceLarry2014-07-28 01:30:45
Some Thoughtsre(2): Analytic for 2 straws; spreadsheetLarry2014-07-28 01:10:42
Some Thoughtsre: Analytic for 2 straws; spreadsheetSteve Herman2014-07-27 21:05:14
Analytic for 2 straws; spreadsheetLarry2014-07-27 19:29:41
Some Thoughtscomputer exploration--heuristic approximationCharlie2014-07-25 14:06:27
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