# Expected maximum bin load, for balls in bins with equal number of balls and bins [closed]

Suppose we have $n$ balls and $n$ bins. We put the balls into the bins randomly. If we count the maximum number of balls in any bin, the expected value of this is $\Theta(\ln n/\ln\ln n)$. How can we derive this fact? Are Chernoff bounds helpful?

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It is not true that the maximum number of balls that can go into a bin is $\log n/\log\log n$. The maximum number of balls that can go into a bin is $n$. The expected maximum bin load is $\Theta(\log n/\log\log n)$. – Yuval Filmus Apr 18 '14 at 23:27
How to prove max bin load using chernoff bound ? – user3367692 Apr 19 '14 at 1:09

The correct approximation here is Poisson. The occupancy of each bin is distributed roughly $P(1)$ (Poisson with expectation $1$), and tail bounds for Poisson random variables show that with probability $1-1/n^2$ (say), the variable is at most $O(\log n/\log\log n)$. A union bound shows that with high probability, all bins contain at most $O(\log n/\log\log n)$ balls.
A good resource on balls and bins is "Balls into Bins" – A Simple and Tight Analysis by Raab and Steger. They use elementary methods to a range of $m$ (balls) and $n$ (bins) that covers the classical case $m = n$.