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Topic: I need your help: average radial distance to closest of n random points in a circle
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 Daniel Posts: 1 Registered: 4/22/05
I need your help: average radial distance to closest of n random points in a circle
Posted: Apr 22, 2005 4:42 PM

Hey everyone,

I need some help. I'm working on a project modeling a hard disk and I
fear my probability theory is rusty. The problem is, given that a hard
drive head is at some random location on the disk and must then move
radially for a read at another random location on the disk, what is the
average distance it will travel? I'm ignoring for now acceleration and disk
rotate time.

It gets harder. Now suppose the disk always has a choice of n random
locations to read, and it always chooses the closest one. Now how far will
it travel on average?

I appreciate any help,
Dan P.