Vestnik St. Petersburg University, Mathematics

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 322–326 | Cite as

The Problem of Selfish Parking

  • S. M. AnanjevskiiEmail author
  • N. A. Kryukov


One of the models of discrete analog of the Rényi problem known as the “parking problem” has been considered. Let n and i be integers, n ≥ 0, and 0 ≤ in–1. Open interval (i, i + 1), where i is a random variable taking values 0, 1, 2, …, and n–1 for all n ≥ 2 with equal probability, is placed on interval [0, n]. If n < 2, we say that the interval cannot be placed. After placing the first interval, two free intervals [0, i] and [i + 1, n] are formed, which are filled with intervals of unit length according to the same rule, independently of each other, etc. When the filling of [0, n] with unit intervals is completed, the distance between any two neighboring intervals does not exceed 1. Let Xn be the number of placed intervals. This paper analyzes the asymptotic behavior of moments of random variable Xn. Unlike the classical case, exact expressions for the first moments can be found.


random fill parking problem asymptotic behavior of moments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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