DIMACS - Graduate Student Combinatorics Seminar

Title: The German Tank Problem

Speaker: Ross Berkowitz, Rutgers University

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:10pm

Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 7th Floor, Hill Center, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


In World War 2, the Allies were interested in knowing how many tanks the Germans were building. This quantity was approximated using a statistical method which proved very accurate, and so the problem of estimating a population via sampling without replacement has become known as the German Tank Problem. We will analyze this problem and time permitting a few other related population estimate problems.

Further information can be found at http://math.rutgers.edu/~nhf12/GCS/