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The last banana: A thought experiment in probability - Leonardo Barichello

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Imagine a game played with two players and two dice: if the biggest number rolled is one, two, three, or four, player 1 wins. If the biggest number rolled is five or six, player 2 wins. Who has the best probability of winning the game? Leonardo Barichello explains how probability holds the answer to this seemingly counterintuitive puzzle.

You can simulate some matches of this game at the following website: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/45073190/. After simulating a few matches, who do you think has an advantage in this game? Why?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Leo Barichello
  • Director Richard O'Connor
  • Animator Taisiya Zaretskaya, Marisha Falkovich
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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