Assume there are approximately 5,000,000,000 people on earth. What would you estimate to be the result, if you multiply together the number of fingers on every person's left hands?
(If you cannot estimate the number, then try to guess how long the number would be.)
(In reply to Problem Solution
by K Sengupta)
In a sufficiently large sample (of size p) in a very large population of 5,000,000,000 persons, in our case the entire population of Earth, the probability that there is at least one person no fingers on the left hand would be 1.
Let N_i be the number of fingers for the ith person, with i =1,2,...., 4,999,999,999
Thus, the product of the number of fingers of all these 5*10^9 people is equal to:
= 0* Prod(i =1,2,..., p)(N_i)
Therefore, the required estimate would be 0.
Edited on April 19, 2007, 11:10 pm