A Conversation for What do Probabilities Mean?
the bouffant needle
wonko the sane Started conversation Jun 30, 2001
one of the most esoteric uses of porbability theory is the
'experimental' determination of Pi.consider an infinite set of
parallel lines seperated by distance D.throw a needle of length L into the middle and the probability of it touching one of the lines is 2L/(Pi)D .so do this enough times and find the freq distribution and hence the 'probability'. then u can work backwards and get Pi.try it out sometime....
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