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Monte Carlo

<algorithm> (After Monte Carlo, Monaco - a gambling mecca) Any one of various methods involving statistical techniques for finding the solutions to mathematical or physical problems.

For example, to calculate pi: draw a square then draw the biggest circle that fits exactly inside it. Pick random points on the square. The proportion of these that lie within the circle should tend to pi/4.

(2005-04-05)

 


Nearby terms: monotonic MONSTR Montage Monte Carlo monty MOO Moof
 

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