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  • 1 Département d’Informatique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP 212, Boulevard du Triomphe, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 2 Department of Mathematics, University of Stellenbosch, 7602 Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 3 Department of Statistics, Purdue University, 150 North University St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067, USA
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This paper complements the analysis of Louchard and Prodinger [LP08] on the number of rounds in a coin-flipping selection algorithm that occurs in the presence of a demon. We precisely analyze a very different aspect of the selection algorithm, using different methods of analysis. Specifically, we obtain precise descriptions of the distribution and all moments of the number of participants ultimately selected during the execution of the algorithm. The selection algorithm is robust in at least two significant ways. The presence of a demon allows for the precise analysis even when errors may occur between the rounds of the selection process. (The analysis also handles the more traditional case, in which no demon is involved.) The selection algorithm can also use either biased or unbiased coins.