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I can answer all questions up to, and including, graduate level mathematics. I do not have expertise in statistics (I can answer questions about the mathematical foundations of statistics). I am very much proficient in probability. I am not inclined to answer questions that appear to be homework, nor questions that are not meaningful or advanced in any way.

Experience in the area

I am a PhD educated mathematician working in research at a major university.




Various research journals of mathematics. Various talks & presentations (some short, some long), about either interesting classical material or about research work.


BA mathematics & physics, PhD mathematics from a top 20 US school.

Awards and Honors

Various honors related to grades, various fellowships & scholarships, awards for contributions to mathematics and education at my schools, etc.

Past/Present Clients

In the past, and as my career progresses, I have worked and continue to work as an educator and mentor to students of varying age levels, skill levels, and educational levels.

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Recent Answers from Clyde Oliver

2016-12-21 I need help with a 3-part probability problem- please help?:

The key to determining whether the problem is asking you to count combinations or permutations is whether order matters. A permutation accounts for order, while a combination does not. The problem states

2016-10-08 Odds in winning.:

Assuming the payout is the same, then yes, the two games are the same.    Each lottery ticket is (essentially) independent -- they are random, so winning or losing one has no effect on the next ticket

2016-09-26 division:

Your idea sort of makes sense -- you could divide up the 4088, then divide the remainder, and then the remainder, until the remainder was very small (less than $1 or $0.01 perhaps).    However, there is

2016-08-30 Science fiction story with maths odds:

Well, first of all, this game isn't very safe at all. If you spin a roulette wheel and land on 00, they don't shoot you. There would be thousands of people killed at casinos all over the world. This would

2016-04-05 reoccuring weekly patterns:

Hello, thanks for this interesting question. I think it would be difficult to address the entirety of this very open-ended inquiry, but I think it's important get you pointed in the right direction.  


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