Published in Contemporary Mathematics, Volume 125, January 1, 1992, pages 209-215.
This article was first published in Contemporary Mathematics, published by the American Mathematical Society. Copyright © 1992 American Mathematical Society.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Theodore Hill was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
Let Z1, Z2 , .. . , Zn be independent 0-1-valued random variables. A gambler gels a. reward 1 if he stop8 a.t the time of the last success and otherwise gets no reward. A simple comparison with a Poisson process is used to show that a prophet can do at most e times as well as the gambler using an optimal stopping time. For fixed n, the best constant is (n/(n -l ))"-1.