# Mathematician:Persi Warren Diaconis

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## Mathematician

American mathematician and former professional magician of Greek descent, best known for tackling mathematical problems involving randomness and randomization, such as coin flipping and shuffling playing cards.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: January 31, 1945 in New York City, New York

## Theorems and Definitions

## Publications

- 1991:
*Closed Form Summation for Classical Distributions: Variations on a Theme of De Moivre*(*Stat. Sci.***Vol. 6**: pp. 284 – 302) (with Sandy Zabell) www.jstor.org/stable/2245429 - 1992:
*Trailing the Dovetail Shuffle to its Lair*(*Ann. Appl. Probab.***Vol. 2**: pp. 294 – 313) (with Dave Bayer) www.jstor.org/stable/2959752