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Thread: Monte Carlo Method

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    Default Monte Carlo Method

    Hello, I have this assignment that I don't understand at all. here are the instructions:

    Write a program that uses the Monte Carlo sampling method to estimate
    the average number of bottles of e-Boost someone would have to drink to
    win a prize. There is a 1 in 5 chance that a bottle cap will have a prize.

    and here is what i have so far:

    //import the classes
    import java.io.IOException;
    import java.util.Scanner;
    import java.io.File;
    import java.util.Random;
    public class montecarlomethod
        public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException
            Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
            Random rand = new Random();
            int count = 0;
            System.out.print("Number of Trials: ");
            int numTrials = in.nextInt();
           //randomly generate the value of the "guessing" cap
            int randBottleCap = rand.nextInt(5)+1;
            //Loop to increment through the number of trials    
            for(int i = 1; i <= numTrials; i++)
                int winningCap = rand.nextInt(5)+1;
                //check to see if the "guessing" cap is equal to the winning cap
                if( randBottleCap != winningCap)
                    randBottleCap = rand.nextInt(5)+1;
    Last edited by helloworld922; January 20th, 2012 at 08:58 PM.

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    Default Re: Monte Carlo Method

    What specifically don't you understand?

    For a start, what is your code doing? Is there any compiler or runtime errors? If so, please post the message. What outputs are you getting, and what inputs are you using?

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