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The Trippstadt Problem

  • Close to Kaiserslautern is the town of Trippstadt, which, together with five other small towns forms a local administration unit (Verbandsgemeinde) called Kaiserslautern-Süd. Trippstadt has its own beautiful public swimming pool, which causes problems though; the cost for the upkeep of the pool is higher than the income and thus has to be divided among the towns belonging to the Verbandsgemeinde. Because of this problem the administration wanted to find out which fraction of the total number of pool visitors came from the different towns. They planned to ask each pool guest where he came from. They did this for only three days though because the waiting lines at the cashiers became unbearably long and they could see that because of this the total number of guests would decrease. Then they wondered how to find a better method to get the same data and that was when I was asked to help with the solution of the problem.

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Author:W. Krüger
URN (permanent link):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-6310
Serie (Series number):Berichte der Arbeitsgruppe Technomathematik (AGTM Report) (3)
Document Type:Preprint
Language of publication:English
Year of Completion:1984
Year of Publication:1984
Publishing Institute:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Date of the Publication (Server):2000/06/27
Faculties / Organisational entities:Fachbereich Mathematik
DDC-Cassification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 510 Mathematik
Licence (German):Standard gemäß KLUEDO-Leitlinien vor dem 27.05.2011