# Monaco - A program to determine probabilities, especially in dice and card games

## Introduction

Over the last several years I have created, for my own use, a program I call
Monaco. Its purpose is to determine solutions to a wide range of probability
problems, especially ones arising in dice and card games. Note that, despite that
the name Monaco suggests approximate answers through Monte Carlo simulation,
exact answers to many problems are also available, often very quickly, and this
is the recommended use of the program whenever possible. Other capabilities
beyond the handling of simple dice and card problems include real number
distributions, results from processes that transition between states in a
regular pattern, known as Markov chains, analysis of some two player zero sum
games, and analysis of grids of tiles of different types. However, most users
will not need these capabilities.
It is possible that there may be others who would be interested in the program.
So I have created a presentation (also
available as PowerPoint) that provides an introduction to the basic features of
the program and a tutorial for the program
that although short, includes sufficient material to allow the user to handle
a wide range of dice and card problems. A followup
second tutorial that extends this
further is also available.

In addition I also have three documents that show how Monaco can address -
sometimes fully, sometimes partially, sometimes not at all - sets of probability
problems that have been collected (not by me). The first is a set of 76
dice problems that can be found
here.
The second is a set of 20 probability problems
that can be found
here.
The third is a set of 56 probability problems
that can be found
here.
The levels of explanation of the solutions vary, but all three documents use
features of the program that are beyond those explained in the two tutorial documents.

If interested after seeing at least some of that material (which may well prove
to many people that they are not interested after all) then drop me a line at
the address below and I can let you have a copy, together with the full program
documentation - which is not included here as it is rather lengthy. It is needed
to fully understand some of the solutions in the three problem documents
referred to above, and can be used as a morte detailed tutorial as well as being
a reference document. However, most potential users are advised to start with
the first tutorial document - and might need to go no furthe while still solving
a range of problems.

## Contact information

Christopher Dearlove (author, Monaco copyright 2008-2023).
Currently I am
christopher.dearlove@gmail.com. My web site is at
http://www.mnemosyne.uk

Last modification: 8th June 2024 (updated to version 2.34).