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Simpler probability problem? (Posted on 2015-08-11) Difficulty: 1 of 5
An urn contains 5 black and 20 white marbles. They are to be drawn one at a time until all of one color has been exhausted.

What is the probability that the color of the first draw correctly predicts the first color exhausted?

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(In reply to solution by Charlie)

IMHO  the probability you have evaluated  is the probability of matching (same color) of 1st drawn with the last of same color.

No doubt - it is 1/3.

Therefore the probability of the opposite is 2/3.


 I can therefore correctly  a priori predict the color of the "last marble" drawn as being  of opposite color to the 1st drawn with probability of 2/3.

Rem: This puzzle was not seen by me on the reviewing board (is there a by-pass lane?), otherwise I would have asked the author whether he wants a matching or a prediction.

Please comment.


  Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2015-08-11 22:17:40
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