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Christopher Rump
Associate Professor
Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research
Bowling Green State University
Chuck A. Luck Wagers a Buck: Probabilistic Reasoning and the Gambler's Ruin

This directed case study, based on a question asked in a newspaper column about a popular carnival game of chance, was developed for an undergraduate course introducing probabilistic models. Students answer questions that explore both correct and incorrect probabilistic arguments as they apply to the game.

Markov vs. Markov: Divorce by the Numbers

In this directed case study, students build a Markov chain probability model of marriage and divorce using statistics - the chance of divorcing in a given year and the chance of divorcing eventually - taken from an article on the divorce rates. Developed for an upper-level undergraduate course to introduce probabilistic models in operations research, this case it may also be appropriate for elementary courses in finite mathematics or statistics.