9. De Moivre's Problem (1730)

  1. Prakash Gorroochurn

Published Online: 7 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch9

Classic Problems of Probability

Classic Problems of Probability

How to Cite

Gorroochurn, P. (2012) De Moivre's Problem (1730), in Classic Problems of Probability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch9

Author Information

  1. Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118063255

Online ISBN: 9781118314340



  • de Moivre's Problem (1730), a fair die thrown n times;
  • de Moivre's De Mensura Sortis, of finding “the number of chances… dice”;
  • probability generating functions, and the Generalized Problem of Points;
  • multivariate probability generating function G;
  • probability generating functions, and its usefulness


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  • Discussion