Randomness, Well-posedness and Bertrand’s Paradox

Speaker: Mihai Stoiciu


Abstract: We will discuss Bertrand’s Paradox, a famous problem in probability. The question is the following: what is the probability that a random chord in a given circle is longer than the side of the equilateral triangle inscribed in the circle? Since the problem is not well-posed, we can find at least five "correct" answers to this question. We will present these different approaches and discuss the concepts of randomness and well-posedness.

Free Pizza will be served.

When: Monday, December 3, 4:35 p.m.
Where: Room 901 Van Vleck.