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Plinko Probability

A simulation of a Quincunx (Galton Board) which can be used to create the bell shaped curve of the normal distribution.

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The Quincunx, commonly known as the Galton Board, is a statistical device invented by Sir Francis Galton in the 19th century to demonstrate the central limit theorem and the normal distribution. It consists of an upright board with a series of pegs arranged in a triangular pattern. Small balls are dropped from the top of the board, and as they descend, they bounce off the pegs in a random fashion, either to the left or right. At the bottom of the board are a series of bins where the balls collect. Over time, as many balls are dropped, they tend to form a distribution in the bins that resembles a bell curve or normal distribution. The Galton Board visually illustrates the concept of randomness and how individual random events can collectively produce a predictable pattern. It has been used extensively in educational settings to teach principles of probability and statistics.

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