Coin flipping, coin tossing, cross and pile, or heads or tails is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives, sometimes to resolve a dispute between two parties. It is a form of sortition which inherently has only two possible and equally likely outcomes.
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... Suppose Alice and Bob want to resolve some dilemma via coin flipping ... same place, a typical procedure might be Alice "calls" the coin flip Bob flips the coin If Alice's call is correct, she wins, otherwise Bob wins If they are ... Alice would have to trust Bob's report of how the coin flip turned out, whereas Bob knows what result is more desirable for him ...
... A coin toss has a theoretical third outcome, in which the coin comes to rest upright on its edge, rather than falling to either heads or tails ... Such an outcome usually results in either a tied coin toss, or victory to a person who successfully called "edge" ... Unable to choose, he flips a coin in the privacy of his office, but it falls against a book and lands on edge ...
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