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Digits of $n$ factorial

With the notable exception of $0$, for large enough $n$, the digits in base $10$ for $n!$ seem pretty much uniformly distributed (I have also checked for other few bases $> 2$). Have anyone ...
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Exotic 6-horse race betting probabilities

I'm gearing up for horse racing season, and I'm trying to teach some fellow engineering friends how to bet "exotic" bets by using colored dice to simulate horses. So, the odds for each horse winning ...
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If you toss an even number of coins, what is the probability of 50% head and 50% tail?

If I toss an even number of coins, how can I calculate the probability to obtain head or tail? This question is different from the other because I can fling the coin a different number of times but ...
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Combinations from a finite pool of objects

We've got a pool containing 5 A-balls, 4 B-balls, 3 C-balls, 2 D-balls and one E-ball. How many ways are there to pull out 5 balls? I thought of dividing off from the formula: $\frac{15!}{10!}$ but ...
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In how many ways can five balls be chosen so that…

In how many ways can five balls be chosen so that (a) two are red and three are black? (b) three are red and two are black? out of $7$ black and $8$ red Should I use permutation? or ...
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Canceling factorials and exponentials in sum

I'm trying to understand the following the proof. I want to show that $$E\left[\frac{1}{X+1}\right] = \frac{1}{(n+1)p}(1-(1-p)^{n+1})$$ The proof goes like this: $$ \begin{align} ...
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How $\alpha(\alpha+1)\ldots(\alpha+k-1)=\frac{\Gamma(\alpha+k)}{\Gamma(\alpha)}$?

Probability function of Negative Binomial Distribution, $NB(\alpha,p)$, is $$P(X=k)=\binom{\alpha+k-1}{k}(1-p)^{\alpha}p^k,\quad \alpha>0$$ Probability generating function of Negative Binomial ...
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German tank problem, simple derivation [duplicate]

I was reading the recent question on the German tank problem, and had trouble with one of the derivations in this section. $$\sum_{m=k}^N m \frac{\binom{m-1}{k-1}}{\binom N k} = ...
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Handling summations with two variables

If I have a summation with let's say $x=0 \dots 500$ and $y=0\dots1500$ $500 \choose x$ $ 1500 \choose y$ $\dfrac{1}{2^{500}}\dfrac{2^{1500-y}}{3^{1500}}$, How would I handle the constant? If I ...
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Probability, factorials, the mystery of it all

Continuing on with the GRE practice questions I have, I'm confused about how to solve the following types of probability questions. Martha invited 4 friends to go with her to the movies. There are ...
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Factorial Moment of the Geometric Distribution

I am trying to caclulate the Factorial Moment of the Geometric Distribution #2 with parameter $p$. Therefore I set $\Omega = \mathbb{N}_0$ and have by using the pochhammer symbol and setting $q=1-q$ ...