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Digital Dice by Paul J. Nahin

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2. Will Lil and Bill Meet at the Malt Shop?

Journeys end in lovers meeting...

—Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

The introduction used some examples of geometric probability from pure mathematics to open this book, and here’s a problem from real life that can also be solved with a geometric probability approach. It can, however, also be easily attacked with a Monte Carlo simulation if the theoretical solution escapes you, and so I think it perfect for inclusion in this collection.

I used this problem in every undergraduate probability class I taught ...

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