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Re: Coin Toss Sim

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  • Subject: [mg122409] Re: Coin Toss Sim
  • From: Heike Gramberg <heike.gramberg at>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 06:34:13 -0400 (EDT)
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You get a bad count because you're  using SetDelayed (:=) to define 
which has the effect that the r.h.s. of g is reevaluated every time you 
call g. In this case that means that you generate a new list of coin 
tosses whenever you call g. So when you call {g,s} you are in fact using 
a different list to count the heads from the one you output. To solve 
this you should use Set (=) for defining g instead, e.g.

y[n_] := Block[{g, s},
  g = RandomChoice[{"head", "tail"}, n];
  s = Count[g, "head"];
  {g, s}]


On 26 Oct 2011, at 23:39, pooleman133 wrote:

> I am new to mathematica and am trying to make a coin flipping 
simulation however mo code isn't working. When I tell it to count the 
number of head it gives me a bad count. The code I am using is listed 
below any help would be greatly appreciated.
> y[n_] := Block[{g, s},
>  g := RandomChoice[{"head", "tail"}, n];
>  s := Count[g, "head"];
>  {g, s}
>  ]

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