Date: Feb 15, 2013 12:35 PM
Author: Paul
Subject: Re: probability question about the dice game
On Friday, February 15, 2013 5:34:12 PM UTC, peps...@gmail.com wrote:

> On Friday, February 15, 2013 3:22:52 PM UTC, David C. Ullrich wrote:

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> There are 505 equally likely cases leading to a win and 791

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> > equally likely cases leading to a loss. That makes the odds of

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> > winning precisely 505 to 795.

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> David, this is the mistake of yours that I was referring to. Correct would be "That makes the odds of winning precisely 791 to 505". (795 instead of 791 is a typo here(.

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> So this was a mistake of yours.

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> I thought the cause of your mistake was confusion on your part between X/(X+Y) and Y/(X + Y).

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> But clearly your mistake lies somewhere else since you're complaining so much.

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> Paul Epstein

By the way, I have a typo myself in that I got a bracket the wrong way round. It could look like an attempt at an emoticon but it certainly wasn't.