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Quit While You're Ahead (Posted on 2003-11-10) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Two men are playing Russian roulette using a pistol with six chambers.
A single bullet is used and the chamber is spun after every turn.

What is the probability that the first man will lose?

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re(4): Inconclusive :-) | Comment 18 of 23 |
(In reply to re(3): Inconclusive :-) by SilverKnight)

The answer is 5/11, jk. It is apparent you & I are of two philosophies on the subject. Let us examine these two things as individual cases. Firstly, if the point of this problem is an examination of probabilities, doubtless, you will agree with me the question could have been posed in another manner. Surely you could understand I do not come to this website to be confronted with the mention/implications of senseless violence and social ills. Mathematics is one of the few savory things left these days (granted we often use to develop deadly weapons) but let us not UNCESSARILY defile it with such revolting applications. The film medium should be afforded a certain degree of artistic freedom, and individuals are ultimately responsible for their own actions, I will concede this point to you. What annoys me is the arrogance/ingnorance demonstrated by those do not examine the consequence of their actions. Let us consider the greater social good rather than indulging the attrocities and desenitizing ourselves to them.
  Posted by Hal9000 on 2003-11-11 16:05:07

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