Example 7.17: The Smith College diploma problem

November 12, 2009

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Smith College is a residential women’s liberal arts college in Northampton, MA that is steeped in tradition. One such tradition is to give each student at graduation a diploma at random (or more accurately, in a haphazard fashion). At the end of the ceremony, a diploma circle is formed, and students pass the diplomas that they receive to the person next to them, and step out once they’ve

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