# Tagged Questions

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### Concurrency related problems in $n$ independent, parallel $M/M/1$ queues

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Consider $n$ independent, parallel $M/M/1$ queues with identical arrival rates $\lambda$ and service rates $\mu$. For each $M/M/1$ queue, we use the FCFS (First Come First Served) discipline ...

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### Which limit to take as a key applied math decision

The Borel-Kolmogorov paradox refers to situations where non-uniqueness in the notion of conditioning on a set of measure zero leads to apparent contradictions. As a formal matter, one requires ...

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### Recovering a function from a set of approximations

We assume that we have a finite set of agents with approximate knowledge about a certain function, and from this collection of approximations we want to recover the actual value of the function.
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### Modeling question: how often does “the world's oldest person” die?

This story yesterday (no need to follow the link to understand the question!)
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/01/texas.oldest.person.dies/index.html?hpt=T2
reminds me that I've often wondered about ...

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### How does a tournament's structure affect the likelihood that the best player will win?

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The origin of this question is a conversation I had with some friends a few years ago. At the time, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods were dominating professional tennis and golf, ...

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### Resultant probability distribution when taking the cosine of gaussian distributed variable

I am trying to do a measurement uncertainty calculation. I have a gaussian distributed phase angle (theta) with a mean of 0 and standard deviation of 16.6666 micro radians. The variance is the ...

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### Mathematical means of studying large and complex but finite systems?

I want a list of the sort of mathematics/mathematical tools that are applied to the study of complex and probabilistic systems in order to make quantitative and qualitative observations about their ...

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### Real-World Examples of Probability Distributions [closed]

I'm interested in collecting real-world examples of probability distributions, and heuristics for when a probability distribution might apply.
For example:
Stock prices are often modeled with ...