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The average number of weighings to locate a counterfeit coin (Corresp.)

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A solution is obtained to the problem of finding the minimum of the average number of weighings, using a balance, needed to locate one light coin from amongncoins of whichn - 1are genuine and of the same weight. Optimal strategies are determined, and the anomaly that it may be better to work withn + 1coins rather thannis examined and explained.

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Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sep 1979

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