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Monty's Dilemma: Should You Stick or Switch?

This activity presents a version of a classic game-show scenario. You pick one of three doors in hopes of winning the prize. The host opens one of the two remaining doors which reveals no prize, then asks if you wish to "stick or switch." Which choice gives you the best chance to win? The approach in this activity runs from guesses to experiments to computer simulations (links to applets are provided) to theoretical models. The activity can be adapted by leaving out the "flip-a-coin" strategy presented here.
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Date Of Record Creation 2005-05-23 15:48:00
Date Last Modified 2005-05-23 15:48:00
Date Of Record Release 2005-05-23 15:48:00
Date Issued 1991
Resource Type
Typical Learning Time 2.5 class periods
Author Name Illuminations
Author Organization Illuminations is a partnership between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and MarcoPolo
Source Code Available Off
Material Type
Statistical Topic
Intended User Role
Math Level

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