Very bothersome probability problem. Multi-winner raffles.

Let M players, P = {p1, p2, ..., pM}, earn raffle tickets as a reward for completing various tasks.

For each p in P, let n(p) equal the number of tickets earned by p.

Assume tickets will be drawn randomly without replacement until K unique winners, W = {w1, w2, ..., wK}, have been drawn. Assume K < M, thus making W a proper subset of P.

Question:

Given M, K, and n(p) for each p in P, what is the probability that each player, p, gets drawn, i.e. p is in W.

I'm seeking a general solution to the problem as stated above, but I would appreciate an instructive solution to the example provided below. The example also best demonstrates the problem's appropriate interpretation.

Example:

Let P = {A, B, C}, so that M = 3. Assume K = 2, and

n(A) = 3, n(B) = 2, n(C) = 1.

Imagine the situation as 6 tickets in a 'bucket' with names attached.

'bucket' : [ A, A, A, B, B, C ]

Tickets will be drawn from this bucket w.o. replacement until K = 2 unique winners have been drawn. These two players will comprise W, the set of winners.

What is the probability that A is in W? that B is in W? that C is in W?

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**RBowman** Let M players, P = {p1, p2, ..., pM}, earn raffle tickets as a reward for completing various tasks. For each p in P, let n(p) equal the number of tickets earned by p. Assume tickets will be drawn randomly without replacement until K unique winners, W = {w1, w2, ..., wK}, have been drawn. Assume K < M, thus making W a proper subset of P.

Question:

Given M, K, and n(p) for each p in P, what is the probability that each player, p, gets drawn, i.e. p is in W.

Example:

Let P = {A, B, C}, so that M = 3. Assume K = 2, and

n(A) = 3, n(B) = 2, n(C) = 1.

Imagine the situation as 6 tickets in a 'bucket' with names attached.

'bucket' : [ A, A, A, B, B, C ]

Tickets will be drawn from this bucket w.o. replacement until K = 2 unique winners have been drawn. These two players will comprise W, the set of winners. What is the probability that A is in W? that B is in W? that C is in W?

Your correct, this is a beast.

The hard part is constructing a model.

Just on your simple example there are twelve elementary events. Each with a different probability. I have absolutely no idea how to generalize that model.

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**Plato** Your correct, this is a beast.

The hard part is constructing a model.

Just on your simple example there are eleven elementary events. Each with a different probability. I have absolutely no idea how to generalize that model.

Yes, I think beast describes this well. I've been working on it in spurts, but I suspect that it may be very difficult, especially in the general case. I'll post some of my partial analyses soon. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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**RBowman** Yes, I think beast describes this well. I've been working on it in spurts, but I suspect that it may be very difficult, especially in the general case. I'll post some of my partial analyses soon. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Now that I know that you are serious, I will give you what I have found.

In your simple example the events are:

Note that I have used order in this model.

Also,

Re: Very bothersome probability problem. Multi-winner raffles.

Plato, I agree with what you've posted. It shows you understand the problem statement, as intended. This is but a small piece though, as I'm sure you know. You aren't far from a solution to the simple example, but I think you know that isn't the hard part. My work on this problem is not yet ready to put into a post. (I'm still getting used to posting mathematical work on a bulletin board. My work is all in pen on paper.) I'll be checking back often to see your progress and that of anyone who joins in the fun.

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Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. And if anyone knows the relevant branch of mathematics this type of problem would fall under, that may point toward a solution to these that I have yet to find.

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I've found the coupon collector problem (see below), and I think it may be relevant to the problem in the OP.

Coupon collector's problem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia