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Making 400k random choices from 400k samples seems to always end up with 63% distinct choices, why?

I have a very simple simulation program, the sequence is: Create an array of 400k elements Use a PRNG to pick an index, and mark the element (repeat 400k times) Count number of marked elements. An ...
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Hyper Birthday Paradox?

There are $N$ buckets. Each second we add one new ball to a random bucket - so at $t=k$, there are a total of $k$ balls collectively in the buckets. At $t=1$, we expect that at least one bucket ...
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Probability $k$ bins are non-empty

The following problem arises in the analysis of Bloom filters. Consider $m$ bins and $N=nk$ balls placed uniformly and independently at random into the bins. A query chooses $k$ bins uniformly and ...
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How many expected people needed until 3 share a birthday?

I asked a somewhat related question recently and then became interested in this one: how many people are required, on average, until 3 share a birthday? More generally, if we have $M$ bins, what is ...
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Probability that all bins contain strictly more than one ball?

Here's the problem I'm working on: Given that I'm distributing $N$ balls into $K$ bins, what is the probability that all bins contain at least two (strictly more than 1) balls? This seems like a very ...
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Repeatedly Toss Balls into Bins

$n$ balls are randomly tossed into $m$ bins, each bin can hold $k$ balls. If a ball is tossed into a full bin (already has $k$ balls in it), it can be tossed repeatedly and randomly into the $m$ bins ...
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If n balls are thrown into k bins, what is the probability that every bin gets at least one ball?

If $n$ balls are thrown into $k$ bins (uniformly at random and independently), what is the probability that every bin gets at least one ball? i.e. If we write $X$ for the number of empty bins, what ...
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Find: The expected number of urns that are empty

A total of $n$ balls, numbered $1$ through $n$, are put into $n$ urns, also numbered $1$ through $n$ in such a way that ball $i$ is equally likely to go into any of the urns $1, 2, . . . , i$. Find ...
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$m$ balls into $n$ urns

Assume that there are $m$ balls and $n$ urns with $m\gt n$. Each ball is thrown randomly and uniformly into urns. That is, each ball goes into each urn with probability $\dfrac1n$. What is the ...
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Yet another balls and bins problem

If $p_n$ denote the probability that when $n$ balls are randomly put in $n$ bins then there is at least one bin with exactly one ball. Is there a simple (involving only little computation) reason for ...
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Expected max load with $n$ balls in $n$ bins?

If you throw $n$ balls into $n$ bins uniformly and independently at random, let $X$ be the number of balls in the bin with the largest number of balls in it. Is there an elementary way to ...
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Second pair of matching birthdays

The "birthday problem" is well-known and well-studied. There are many versions of it and many questions one might ask. For example, "how many people do we need in a room to obtain at least a 50% ...
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$n$ balls into $n+1$ urns (with one special urn)

Assume that there are $n$ balls numbered from $1,2,\ldots,n$ and $n+1$ urns, numbered as $0,1,\ldots,n$ Throw each ball randomly into one of $n$ urns: urn 1, ...
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Probability of drawing a run of a specific color from an urn with two colors of balls

I was sent a puzzle involving an urn with 128 white balls and 288 black. If the balls are drawn without replacement until the urn is exhausted, what is the probability that a sequence of 10 or more ...
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How can I solve bins-and-balls problems?

Below is the problem that I wanted to solve When there are $m$ balls and $n$ bins, balls are thrown into bins where each ball is thrown into a bin uniformly at random. What is the expected number ...
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$n$ balls are thrown randomly into $k$ bins - how many are empty?

A large number of variants of this question were already asked here, including these - one, two, which are close, but none seem to answer my question. Assume that $n$ balls are thrown randomly and ...
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Maximum load of a bin in the $n$ balls with weights into $m$ bins problem

$n$ balls, each with a weight $p_i$, are thrown into $m$ bins. Each bin is chosen with uniform probability. Prove or disprove that the expected value of the maximum load among the loads of bins is ...
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How many boxes will be empty?

$150$ balls randomly put into $100$ boxes, each ball could be put into any of these 100 boxes with same probability, after that, on average, how many boxes will be empty? No calculator. Choose one of ...
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Probability - Balls and Buckets; variance question

I've been working on this problem for a while and its giving me no end of trouble! The question is this: Suppose we have 2k buckets, numbered 1 through 2k. We throw x black balls and y white balls, at ...
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In how many ways can 2 balls be arranged in 5 boxes so that one box does not contain more than one ball?

What is the number of ways 2 balls can be arranged in 5 boxes? The boxes may not contain more than 1 ball. The balls are of different colors. I forgot to mention the order of the boxes are important. ...
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In how many ways I can put $2$ red balls and $3$ green balls in $5$ boxes?

I have $5(N)$ boxes and some balls. Here's the description: Red Balls $= 2 (k1 = 2)$ Green Balls $= 3 (k2 = 3)$ ...
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$k$ balls into $n$ bins — Number of occupied bins

Suppose we throw $k$ balls into $n$ bins. Assume that $\log^2n\le k\le n$. Is there a high probability bound (preferably exponential) on the number of occupied (i.e., non-empty) bins? Something ...
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Expected total number of balls in all bins after throwing balls uniformly randomly to bins that have limited capacity

Consider throwing $n$ balls uniformly randomly to $L$ bins. Each bin has capacity $G$, meaning that if a ball is threw to a bin that already has $G$ balls in it, the ball is discarded. Is that ...
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We throwing $m$ balls to $n$ cells…

We throwing $m$ balls to $n$ cells randomly... At each cell can be more then one ball, or (of course) it can still empty. What is the expectation of the empty cells? I'd like to get any help! Thank ...
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Find the probability that the $4$th ball removed from the box is white

A box has $10$ balls, $6$ of which are black and $4$ of which are white. $3$ balls are removed from the box, their color unnoted. Find the probability that a fourth ball removed from the box is ...
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Balls and bins conditioned on the number of non-empty bins

The expected number of occupied bins in the standard balls and bins problem (with $m$ balls into $N$ bins) is $N\left( {1 - {{\left( {1 - \frac{1}{N}} \right)}^m}} \right)$. How do I compute this ...
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A Question on distribution numbers

This is a question from the book Combinatorics -a problem oriented approach which states: Q.1 Find the no. of distributions of a set of distinct balls into a set of distinct boxes, if no boxes can ...
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probability that given n balls and 60 urns no urn has more than 1 ball

A carnival game is set up so that a ball put into play has an equal chance of landing in any of 60 different slots. The operator of the game allows you to choose any number of balls and put them all ...
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Probability of number of unique numbers in $37$ Roulette Wheel spins.

I was wondering if someone could help me answer the following question: Calculate the probability that in $37 $ consecutive spins of a roulette wheel (using an European Roulette wheel) you will have ...
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Probability of having $k$ empty urns after putting $n$ balls into $n$ urns

Assume that there are $n$ balls (numbered from $1$ to $n$) and $n$ urns (numbered from $1$ to $n$). At the beginning no ball is placed in any urn. Balls are randomly thrown into urns: Each ball is ...
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If I randomly throw 10,000 balls to 4,000 buckets, what is the probability that at least one bucket contains more than 10 balls?

If I randomly throw 10,000 balls to 4,000 buckets, what is the probability that at least one bucket contains more than 10 balls? I don't know how to even approach this. A rough number is also ...
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Average number of bins occupied when throwing $n$ balls into $N$ bins

There are $n$ balls and $N$ bins. At each time, a ball is thrown in one bin of $N$ bins at random. This repeats n times. So that in total $n$ balls are thrown into bins. The question is, on average, ...
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What is the expected number of days in a year in which exactly $k$ people in a group of $n$ people have been born?

There is a group of $n$ people and we must find the average number of days that in each of them exactly $k$ people are born ($k$ and $n$ are given). This question assumes that a year has $365$ days, ...
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Amount of distinct numbers in a sequence of $k$ random numbers in range $[1,\ldots,n]$

Let $D$ be the amount of distinct numbers in a sequence of $k$ random numbers in range $[1,\ldots,n]$ (n>k). I want to show that: $D=\Omega(k)$ with exponential high probability. I'm interested in the ...
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Distribution of distinct balls in identical boxes

how can I derive a formula for the number of distributions of $n$ different balls in $k$ identical boxes. Where $\mathbf{empty\ box}$ is allowed. I know this is equivalent to finding the number of ...
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How does this Markov process involving balls and bins behave?

I have some set $S_1,\ldots,S_k$ ($k \geq 3$) of bins, each initially with $N_0(S_i)$ balls ($N_t(S_i)$ denotes the number of balls in $S_i$ at time $t$). A bin can contain a negative number of balls. ...
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Bins and balls model - filling first bins [close]

We have $n$ bins and $m$ balls. I want to compute the probability that in the first $k$ bins, $q$ of them will be non-empty. I can throw $m$ balls into $n$ bins in $n^m$ ways. Using Stirling ...
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Bounds for max load with $n$ balls in $n$ bins?

If you throw $n$ balls into $n$ bins uniformly and independently at random, let $X$ be the number of balls in the bin with the largest number of balls in it. Is there a nice elementary way to ...
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How to estimate pigeonhole principle?

I was thinking about this after my professor mentioned the pigeonhole principle in class. Let's say we have $N$ items and $M$ containers. Here we assume $N > M$. We will randomly place each of the ...
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Maximum bin load for $\alpha n$ balls into $n$ bins

In a paper I am reading the author writes: A standard result concerning balls and bins shows that if we throw at least $\alpha n$ balls into at most $n$ bins, then the maximum bin load is ...
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Modified balls and bins

Assume that we have $n$ balls and $k$ bins. The $n$ balls are are divided into $M$ sets, $\left\{ {{m_i}} \right\}_{i = 1}^M$, where $\sum\limits_{i = 1}^M {\left| {{m_i}} \right|} = n$, $|m_i| \le ...
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$m$ balls into $n$ already occupied urns

Assume that there are n urns, $k\in\{1,...,n-1\}$ of which have already at least one ball. $m$ new balls will be thrown into urns. Each of the $m$ balls is thrown randomly and uniformly into $n$ urns. ...
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Constrained combinations of balls in jars

Not sure how to solve the following problem. Imagine we have balls of $n$ different colors. There are $m$ balls of each color, so in total we have $nm$ number of balls. The question is how many ...
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Is there a fast, reasonably accurate estimator for multinomial PDF?

I am working on a balls in boxes kind of problem, where the probability of a ball ending up in a certain box varies by box, that is, each box has some probability P of getting any ball, all together ...
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Probability of assigning balls into buckets, where each bucket has a certain capacity.

I'll start with a specific example of what I am trying to solve: I have eight balls to be randomly placed into four buckets. Buckets #1-3 have the capacity of 2, 2, 3 respectively, while bucket #4 ...
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Expectation of throwing $n$ balls into $n$ bins

Suppose we throw $n$ indistinguishable balls in $n$ bins at random. The throws are independent. What is the expected number of empty bins? What is the expected number of bins with one ball. Using ...
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n+1 balls put into n bins. Double count?

Question: n+1 balls are put into n bins. What is the probability that all of the bins are not empty (contain 1 ball at least)? What I did: Choose n balls from the n+1 ${n+1 \choose n}$, order them ...
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Probability that $\frac{n}{2}$ bins are empty [close]

A Bloom filter of length $n$ was built. I have only the first $\frac{n}{2}$ bits of this filter. How will the false positive probability change? For the whole Bloom filter, the false positive ...
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Probability of red ball i before any black ball

Assume we have $r$ red balls and $b$ black balls in a box and we remove one ball at a time without replacement. Red balls are labeled from $1$ to $r$. We want to calculate the probability a particular ...
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Arrangements with No Two Vowels Consecutive

In general we state that there are ${r-wn - (n-1) \choose (n-1)}$ ways to distribute r identical balls in n distinct boxes with at least w balls in each box. Considering this, how many ways are there ...