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Monthly Archives: August 2011

how many tournaments do you have to play before you get heads up with any other given player


The number of ways to choose r elements from a set of n elements is given by the Binomial Coefficient formula: n!/(r!(n-r)!) So, for example, if we have a tournament with 10 players starting, the calculation for the number of possible pairs of players that could get heads up is: 10!/(2!8!) 3628800/(2 * 40320) 3628800/80640 […]



These riots were not about race: the perpetrators and the victims were white, black and Asian. These riots were not about government cuts: they were directed at high street stores, not Parliament. And these riots were not about poverty: that insults the millions of people who, whatever the hardship, would never dream of making others […]