Dr. Pat Sullivan, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, will give a talk in the department colloquium on Friday, September 9.

Colloquium meets at 3:30 p.m. in GEM 120.  All are welcome, whether you’re registered for colloquium or not.

Prof. Sullivan’s title and abstract are below.

Title: The FA Cup Draw and Pairing Up Probabilities

Abstract. The draw for the third round of the FA cup is a starting point for examining probabilities of certain pairings during a random draw. More specifically we have a set S and a subset T. The elements of S are paired up at random. What is the probability distribution of the number of pairs consisting of two elements of T? We generalize to the situation where there is more than one subset of S.

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