**Two players**are taking it in turns to flip a mint, scoring 1 point if it lands on mind, 0 if chase – thus an adequate opportunity each musician will score a point, per go. beginning one to score 5 points wins the round .

As it stands, Player 1 has 4 points, and Player 2 has 3 – it ‘s P1 ‘s move : what is the probability that P1 will go on to win the tournament, and besides for P2 ?

here are my thoughts and where I ‘m stick :

1 ) clearly, P1 has 50 % prospect of scoring the 1 point he needs to win the turn on his future become, but 50 % surely is n’t the answer – what if the round off played to 100, P1 had 99 points and P2 good 1 – calm it ‘s 50/50 P1 will get the winning steer on the following sound, but overall it ‘s far more likely P1 will go onto gain without P2 always catching up, than fair 50 % ?

2 ) I tried next to think of it like this – the alone direction for P2 to win is to score two consecutive heads, and P1 of class to score a tail in between, leading ( with P1 going first ) to the vector : THTH. now, the probability of that accurate combination is ( 0.5 ) ^4 = P ( Player 2 Wins ). Hence, P ( Player 1 Wins ) = 1 – ( 0.5^4 ) .

3 ) But then, I again realised that this is n’t compensate – preferably than THTH being the alone vector of scores leading to P2 succeed, you could of course have any of an **infinite** number, each more unlikely than the last, leading to P2 winning – TTTTTHTH for case .

so, some kind of integration would be required to sum the probability that P2 would win, over all infinite cases of diminishing probability – subtract that from 1, and you have P ( P1 ). Or do it the early way around to find the probability of each, of course .

Is my assessment that 3 is the necessitate scheme, correct – i.e. some kind of integration between 0 tosses to inifinity tosses is required ?

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Allow me to just return to 2 ) and modify the scenario a bit – say rather of each flipping a mint, with a stern meaning no one scores a point that go, say a reviewer flips the coin, and heads is a steer for P1 tails a point for P2 .

This wholly changes it now, and should make it simpler – now every start, one of the players is gauranteed to score a point. now we have a finite count of paths to victory ( and probability vectors ) for each player .

1 ) But still I ‘m a bit confused : with the scores at P1 : 4 & P2 : 3, the **only** way for P2 to win is by scoring two square tails : ( TT ). The probabiltiy the referee tosses two tails is ( 0.5 ) ^2 = 0.25. Hence P ( P2 ) = 0.25, and P ( P1 ) = 1-0.25 = 0.75 .

But, this bare scenario has a sample distance of these outcomes : ( H ), ( TH ), ( TT ). I.e. those are the merely sequences in which the referee could toss the coin and end the game .

2 ) But of those outcomes, 2 of them mean victory for P1 – sol looking at it like this, P ( P1 ) = 2/3 ? ?

here are my thoughts on this, and what I believe is the final chastise answer : I forgot that those 3 potential scenarios in the sample space are not evenly probably. ( H ) at 0.5 is doubly adenine likely as ( TH ) or ( TT ). If then you account for the burden of their likelihood, and alternatively have a newfangled pseudo-Sample quad of ( H ), ( H ), ( TH ), ( TT ) and consider each of those to be evenly likely, then indeed 3/4 scenarios mean victory for P1, which agrees with 1-P ( P2 ) = 1- ( 0.5 ) ^2 = 0.75.

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Is this concluding rendition discipline ?

Thanks very much for reading through my long question ! very appreciate it, as I wanted to lay out all my thoughts on the different probabilty ideas so you can point out what I ‘m understanding correctly, and where I ‘m going incorrectly .

many thanks indeed ! very appreciate it .

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