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The Monty Hall Problem Using Clickers
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:40 AM -8:50 AM
  Author: Stephen Irons, Yale University
203-432-3664, stephen.irons@yale.edu
  Co-Author(s): C. Meg Urry
  Abstract: In the lecture setting, clickers make the collection of student-generated input quick and easy. Though traditionally employed in conjunction with conceptual questions and peer instruction, clickers can also be used to perform statistical experiments in real time. We describe an activity that combines clickers and a simple paper prop to conduct rapid and multiple statistical experiments. The eponymously named Monty Hall problem is an excellent exercise in conditional probability for students as it has a counterintuitive solution, but the actual outcomes can be dramatically demonstrated. Here we describe the problem and its solution and then discuss the results of an in-class implementation conducted during a lecture on probability. In addition to expanding the activity to include variations on the initial problem statement, instructors can also model radioactive decay using students, clickers, and a random number generator.
  Footnotes: None
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