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### Re^2: Spooky math problem

by hdb (Monsignor)
 on Jan 11, 2014 at 07:07 UTC ( #1070234=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Spooky math problem
in thread Spooky math problem

Can you please explain, how this relates to the original question? Where does the guess come from? The original question was to state whether it is high or low. Also, there is no way that the six cases you list have the same probability. If A and B are very close (whatever that means), C will not be between them with the same probability than outside.

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Re^3: Spooky math problem
by oiskuu (Hermit) on Jan 11, 2014 at 09:37 UTC

Quoting from here:

The numbers x and y are part of the experiment. How they came to be is not part of the question asked, and therefore questions about how to choose them do not enter into the problem.
Despite tilly's meticulous attempts to befuddle, bemuddle and obfuscate, there is an implicit assumption made. The numbers have a defined relationship, a comparison function. In the absence of further restraints, they form an open-ended (infinite) ordered set.

Drawing elements from a finite set, randomly and without bias, yields n**3 equally likely hands. In this abstract case, the set is infinite. Elements are drawn from the same set because there is an (implicit) mutual understanding, and presumption of rationality.

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