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Topic: probability
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Jon Haugsand

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Re: probability
Posted: Jun 1, 1999 2:28 AM
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* Lynn Killingbeck
> If you very, very carefully consider whether it is the 3rd, 4th, etc.
> card, you will find the probability that a particular card is the Q of H
> always comes out 1/52. (Well, at least as long as you don't ask if it is
> the 53rd or some later card out of 52!)

Another way to look at it is: Pick the first card, don't look at it,
pick the second, what is the probability that this is HQ? Or: shuffle
the cards, intending to pick the first card which we all agree has the
prob of 1/52 to be the HQ. Does it matter if you accidentally dropped
a card on the table before you were able to pick a card?

Jon Haugsand
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