Student colloquium

Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Adam Dor On, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

"Monopoly, Drunkards and Markov chains"

Monopoly is a classic game of chance and strategy. It turns out one can model it using Markov chains to deduce useful tactics for systematically obliterating your opponents. The methods used then bring us to consider the seemingly unrelated question of whether or not a drunken man or drunken angel can return home safely from the pub. It turns out that not having wings is a great advantage for such drunkards! Time permitting, I will mention the relevance of Markov chains to my own work.

Refreshments will be served during the colloquium and everyone who attends is welcome to join us for food/drink at the Grad House following the colloquium.