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August 13, 2010

This puzzle made the rounds of the programmer mathematician blogs a while ago:

Given a random number generator that returns a real number between zero and one, how many random numbers must be selected, on average, to make their accumulated total greater than one?

Your task is to write a program that answers the question above. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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