Just yesterday I received an email from Dr. Douglas Furton, a Physics Professor at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Furton had read my blog post about One-Handed Solitaire in which I used simulations to find the probability of winning such a game. Finding himself interested in this problem, he contacted me and requested to see my R script. Sadly, my R script from two years ago (when I wrote that post) is no longer with us. Let this be a lesson to me that I never forget: always save to Dropbox!
But Dr. Furton’s email put a bee in my bonnet, so I ended up writing new code which is here. Now, it seems my new code gives me an answer that contradicts the answer that I had arrived at in my post from 2 years ago. Continue reading