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For questions on dice, a small throwable object with multiple resting positions, used for generating random numbers. This makes dice suitable as gambling devices for games like craps, or for use in non-gambling tabletop games.

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Toss a fair die until the cumulative sum is a perfect square-Expected Value

Suppose we keep tossing a fair dice until we want to stop, at which point the game ends and our score is the cumulative sum, or until the cumulative sum is a perfect square, in which case we lose and ...
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Conditional Entropy in rolling a dice

A 6-sided die is tossed once. Two events X and Y are defined. X is the event in which an even number comes up and Y is the event in which the number is a multiple of 3. The value of H(X|Y) needs to be ...
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Optimal strategy for n consecutive throws of a dice and deciding if the current value is the result [duplicate]

You have a six sided dice. You roll the dice and decide if you want to stop and keep the current value as your result. If not you try again. You can at most throw the dice n times. If you throw it n ...
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A question involving the throw of seven dice, which of my answers is correct?

Seven dice are thrown, what is the probability that all numbers show up on the dice? My first answer uses the logic that if all numbers show up and you throw seven dice, then one number is repeated ...
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Should I pick the higher dice?

Assuming I start with $n$ dice that have been rolled once, is it beneficial to choose the higher dice when I roll less than $n$ dice again (assuming I want a high roll)? In some board games, dice ...
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Expected number of dice rolls to uniquely determine values of the faces

Suppose we have $k$ fair $n$-sided die (so each face rolls with probability $1/n$), with each face of the die labelled as $a_i$ $(i=1, \ldots, n)$, with the values of the $a_i$ being unknown to us. ...
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Expected value and variance of max{x, y}

I've run into this problem while playing a game called Europa Universalis 4. I've done similar maths before in my studies so I'm pretty sure this should have an easy answer but I can't for the life of ...
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Calculate single “battle” outcome odds for RISK

I am trying to reproduce the values in this odds ratio table from Wikipedia. For all those unfamiliar with RISK, this is a game where units fight against each other via the roll of the dice: The ...
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Statistical test for “too perfect” random number generator?

I am attempting to characterize some random number generator programs in a very simple way. Specifically, I'm rolling a simulated 6-sided die $3 \times 10^8$ times and keeping a count of how many ...
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Calculating the probability of getting a specific set of dice from a single roll

If I want to create a function $p_{roll}(x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4, x_5)$ that calculates the probability of getting the given dice (order is not important) in a single roll with 5 dice then how would that ...
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Can a biased physical random source be post-processed to control the bias?

Let $X_i$ with $i\in\mathbb N$ be a sequence of independent 6-ary random variables with distribution $\operatorname{Pr}(X_i=e)=p^e_i$ where $e\in\{1,2,3,4,5,6\}$ and $\sum_{e=1}^6p^e_i=1$. Let's ...
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Biology: How to find the probability of randomly generating multiple, sequentially identical sets

If I randomly generate a substring (example "ATGCAGC") with equal probability (1/X where X=4) for each digit with length (L) digits: What is the formula for finding the probability (P) of randomly ...
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Probability of a dice being in a set of dice

I have no formal background in math, statistics, or anything. Just trying to figure out a fun problem with a game of dice. Lets say you have 3 people sitting a table rolling dice (including yourself)...
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Take an (initially) fair six-sided die (i.e. $P(x)=\frac{1}{6}$ for $x=1,…,6$) and roll it repeatedly. After each roll, the die becomes loaded for the next roll depending on the number $y$ that was ...
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What is the best strategy for this dice game?

Given the following game, what is the best strategy to maximize your total score? Each game play starts with a random point value. You are then given a chance to multiply that value by choosing ...
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Expectations and variance with rolling a dice 10 times

Let's say you roll a fair dice 10 times and X is the number of sides that never show up. (i.e. Roll 1 - 10 = 1424145221, X = 2 because 3 and 6 never show up) Values of $N=0,1,2,3,4,5.\\ P(N=6) = 0$ ...
You have a loaded die. $A =$ even numbers $B =$ odd numbers $P(A)=3/4$ $P(B)=1/4$ $P(\{1\})=1/12$ $P(\{2\})=1/4$ How was $P(\{1\})$ and $P(\{2\})$ calculated? Is it beacuse there are 3 odds ...
Consider the following one-player game: Initially, there is a pot of $\$0\$. On each turn, the player may opt to end the game and collect the contents of the pot, or roll a single die. In the latter ...