Can a Chess Piece Explain Markov Chains? | Infinite Series

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In this episode probability mathematics and chess collide. What is the average number of steps it would take before a randomly moving knight returned to its starting square?

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Mathematician Kelsey Houston-Edwards explains Markov Chains and how they can be used to determine the probability of random chess moves, as well as the likelihood your favorite music will pop up on the radio.

Sources include:

Probability: Theory and Examples

Markov Chains

Markov Chains and Mixing Times

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Produced by Rusty Ward
Graphics by Ray Lux
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