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We discuss some problems and permutation statistics involving two different types of random permutations. Under the usual model of random permutations, we prove that the shifted coverage of the elements of , 2, , of a random permutation over , 2, , ; that is, the size of the union of the cycles containing these elements, excluding these elements themselves, follows a negative hypergeometric distribution. This fact gives a probabilistic model for the coverage via the canonical cycle representation. For a different random model, we determine some random permutation statistics regarding the problem of the
lost boarding pass and its variations.