Probabilistic Determination of the Value of Pi by Buffon’s Needle

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This application is designed and developed by Saumitra Chakravarty under GNU General Public License. May be used or distributed for non-commercial educational purposes only.


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What is this thing?

If you enter the length of the needle (in relative unit), the distance (in relative unit) between two adjacent parallel lines and number of trials, the program calculates the probabilistic estimate of the value of Pi. It utilizes pseudo-random numbers, and therefore the results are not completely reproducible, like all things based on chance.

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This flash web application is cited in the following work(s) by Saumitra Chakravarty:

  1. Goniter Sather Bosobas (BOOK) > Chapter 2
  2. Praner Majhe Gonit Baje: Jyamitir Jonyo Bhalobasa (BOOK) > Chapter 9 > Section ‘pi’