The birthday paradox and its consequences for encryption parameters
April 22, 2014
Bailey Hall 207
Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 4:45pm
How many people must be in a room before there is at least a 50% chance that two of them have the same birthday? The answer is a surprisingly small number. (See if you can calculate it!) This kind of "collision" problem has important consequences for the choice of parameters in public-key cryptography, which is used, among other things, to secure Internet traffic.
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