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Shiva Kintali
on May 21, 2014 | Updated Jan. 4, 2018
99 fair coins
Person \(A\) flips 99 fair coins and obtains \(a\) heads. Person \(B\) flips 100 fair coins and obtains \(b\) heads. What is the probability that \(a < b\) ?
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Shiva Kintali
on Aug. 20, 2013 | Updated Jan. 4, 2018
Bug in a cube
A bug is sitting in one corner of a cube-shaped room. What is the shortest path to go to the extreme opposite corner (i.e., the corner that is farthest) ?
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Shiva Kintali
on April 1, 2014 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Designing two dice
You are given two blank dice i.e., all the sides of the dice are blank. You are allowed to write any integers on the sides of the dice. Only one integer on each side. Write the integers such that …
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Shiva Kintali
on May 7, 2014 | Updated Jan. 4, 2018
Sock Drawer puzzle
There are 10 socks of each of the following colors in a drawer: red blue green black white i.e., there are 50 socks. The socks are arbitrarily distributed in the drawer. You are blind-f…
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Shiva Kintali
on June 7, 2012 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Caterpillars are Graceful
Graceful Labeling : Label the vertices of a simple undirected graph \(G(V,E)\) (where \(|V| = n\) and \(|E| = m\)) with integers from \(0\) to \(m\). Now label each edge with the absolute difference o…
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graph labeling
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123forman
on May 8, 2014 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Democratic distribution of wealth
A crew of 100 pirates have captured 100 laptops. The pirates are ranked 1 through 100, with pirate 100 being the pirate king. Captured booty is distributed as follows. The pirate king proposes a dis…
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Discrete Mathematics
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Shiva Kintali
on Aug. 29, 2012 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Random Intervals
There are \(n\) points on a line. These points are paired up at random to form \(n/2\) intervals. Prove that the probability that among these intervals there is one which intersects all the others i…
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Shiva Kintali
on May 31, 2012 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Party Problem
Suppose there are six people at a party. Prove that there are always three of them so that every two know each other (or) no two know each other. In other words, let the edges of the complete graph o…
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Shiva Kintali
on Aug. 8, 2012 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Gallai Identities
Consider the following parameters of an undirected graph \(G\) on \(n\) vertices. \(\nu(G)\) is the size of a maximum matching of \(G\). \(\tau(G)\) is the size of a minimum vertex cover of \(G\). …
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Shiva Kintali
on June 8, 2012 | Updated Dec. 6, 2017
Linear time algorithms on trees
Let \(T(V,E)\) be a tree. Design linear time (i.e., \(O(|V|)\) time) algorithms for the following problems : Find an optimal vertex cover in \(T\). Find a maximum matching in \(T\). Find a maximum i…
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