An Intermission: The Secretary Problem

October 1, 2009

I found this while fishing files out of an old computer the other week, and I figured you should have it. It’s all rather silly, but here’s my writeup of the secretary problem from 2004 or so. There’s a funny identity for partial sums of the harmonic series at the end, though, and it’s pretty bizarre. But it’s true.

It could probably have done just as well without the self-deprecating weirdness about girls being pretty and wishing they’d like me, but that’s where my head was at the time, and it is what it is.

There’s a discussion on Wikipedia as well.


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