Secret Snowflake: Analysis of a Holiday Gift Exchange

  • Secret Snowflake: Analysis of a Holiday Gift Exchange

    Roger Turton
    Several discrete mathematics methods used to simulate and solve a rich problem occurring at a holiday gift exchange. What is the probability that two people will select each other's names in a random drawing, and how does this result vary with the total number of participants? Includes code for a computer simulation of the problem, sample work and results.