Discrete Models: Combinatorics, Computation, and Geometry, DMCCG 2001
Robert Cori and Jacques Mazoyer and Michel Morvan and Rémy Mosseri (eds.)
DMTCS Conference Volume AA (2001), pp. 193202
author:  Travis Herbranson and Don Rawlings 

title: 
A Sequential Search Distribution: Proofreading, Russian
Roulette, and the Incomplete
q
Eulerian Polynomials

keywords:  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 93407 
abstract: 
The distribution for the number of searches needed to find
k
of
n
lost objects is expressed in terms of a refinement of
the
q
Eulerian polynomials, for which formulae are
developed involving homogeneous symmetric polynomials. In
the case when
k=n
and the find probability remains constant, relatively
simple and efficient formulas are obtained. From our main
theorem, we further (1) deduce the inverse absorption
distribution and (2) determine the expected number of times
the survivor pulls the trigger in an
n
player game of Russian roulette.

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reference: 
Travis Herbranson and Don Rawlings (2001), A Sequential
Search Distribution: Proofreading, Russian Roulette, and
the Incomplete
q
Eulerian Polynomials, in Discrete Models:
Combinatorics, Computation, and Geometry, DMCCG 2001,
Robert Cori and Jacques Mazoyer and Michel Morvan and
Rémy Mosseri (eds.), Discrete Mathematics and
Theoretical Computer Science Proceedings AA, pp.
193202

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