Hi!

The problem is the following:

We have an N-by-N square matrix of zeros. We turn M random elements of the matrix into 1-s. I need a closed formula for the expectation value of the number of connected 1-areas in the matrix (it is especially important, how it depends on M).

An element is connected to another, when it is in its 8-neighborhood in the matrix. (If it is easier to calculate for a 4-neighborhood, then we can go with that one...). So eg.

0 0 0

0 1 0

0 0 1

These two 1-s are connected in an 8-neigborhood-way.

In the following example, there are 2 connected areas:

0 0 0 1 1 0

0 0 0 0 1 0

0 1 0 0 0 0

0 0 1 1 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

I weren't able to solve this problem myself. Do you think there is a chance to obtain an analytic formula for this? I have already run simulations in MATLAB, here is the result:

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I ask you for your help.

Thank you very much.

Kornel