Sponsored by the Rutgers University Department of Mathematics and the

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)

**Co-organizers:****Drew Sills**, Rutgers University, asills {at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu**Doron Zeilberger**, Rutgers University, zeilberg {at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu

Title: Expected Number of Spins in Dreidel

Speaker: **Sujith Vijay**, Rutgers University

Date: November 4, 2004 4:30-5:30pm

Location: Hill Center, Room 425, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ

Abstract:

We show that the expected number of spins in the popular Chanukah game dreidel where each player starts with n tokens each is O(n^2), confirming a conjecture of Doron Zeilberger. This is joint work with Thomas Robinson.