The Monty Hall problem is a classic probability riddle and I will be gleefully explaining it to my class of discrete math students.

It is apparently based on his classic game show Let's Make a Deal. But I couldn't find any relevant footage despite lots of old videos of the show being easily available online.

Are there any out there? (Bonus points if the contestant ends up with the goat.)

Edit. Answer (one of my colleagues shared a link with me): No, as explained by Hall himself.

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    $\begingroup$ FYI It is generally acceptable to post an answer to one of your own questions. $\endgroup$ Apr 1 '15 at 1:03
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    $\begingroup$ I agree it would be nice if this information one way or another made it into an answer (expanding the "No" a bit). $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Apr 1 '15 at 9:09

As the poster points out, Monty Hall himself says they never did so on the show. (He says so at 1:45 in the linked video.)

Wikipedia has a long list of the sorts of deals that were offered on the show.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm amazed. Apparently like OP I looked through all these 1970's episodes on You Tube... Is there a known creator of the so-called "Monty Hall Problem"? $\endgroup$
    – Chaim
    Dec 20 '17 at 13:16
  • $\begingroup$ I'm back here many years later, but it appears that the "Monty Hall Problem" came from a 1990 or 1991 edition of the "Ask Marilyn" column in Parade Magazine, written by Marilyn vos Savant. This column is mentioned in the interview in the video posted here, and an archived version of the column is at the following link: web.archive.org/web/20100310140547/http://… The wording of the question was supposedly submitted by a reader, Craig F. Whitaker of Columbia, MD. $\endgroup$
    – Chris Cunningham
    Feb 23 at 16:11

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