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ERIC Number: EJ940265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Using Games to Teach Markov Chains
Johnson, Roger W.
PRIMUS, v13 n4 p337-348 2003
Games are promoted as examples for classroom discussion of stationary Markov chains. In a game context Markov chain terminology and results are made concrete, interesting, and entertaining. Game length for several-player games such as "Hi Ho! Cherry-O" and "Chutes and Ladders" is investigated and new, simple formulas are given. Slight modifications to "Monopoly" rules are discussed to fit it into a Markov chain model with the ultimate goal of determining the long-run frequencies for visiting the various game properties. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A