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Problem of the Week 1187
Find the Head-Averse Coin
We have two coins: coin A gives heads with probability 1/3; coin B gives heads with probability 9/10.
One of the two, call it C, is selected randomly (using equal probability).
Devise a scheme that involves flipping C at most n times, looking at the results, and declaring whether
Source: Suggested by Michael Elgersma
Aside: One could imagine a different method of gathering evidence, where one flips one of them m times and the other n times, trying to minimize the total number of flips. I have not thought about that.
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