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Topic: a bit more about Reese's Pieces...
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a bit more about Reese's Pieces...
Posted: Jan 8, 1997 8:49 AM
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To my "Reese's Pieces: finis" comments, which included this:

>> Then a reply arrived from Hersheys. As the subject indicates, I had
>> specifically asked about the proportion of orange pieces. Note the
>> canned reply. So I guess that either there is no such fixed proportion
>> or, if there is, it will remain privileged information.

Jenny Kotlerman replied:

> I thought they stated pretty clearly that it was equal amounts

Jenny is, of course, correct. Another lesson in the "What you see is
what you expect to see" department...

On the other hand, I must say that the (limited) evidence I have seen
supplies some reason to doubt Hershey's claim that "all colors are cast
ine equal quantities" (to which Jenny referred), which I received in an
email message from

(1) Last semester my students carried out Rossman's Activity 12-2, which
involved Reese's Pieces. They counted as follows:
brown: 102
orange: 218
yellow: 105

(2) Yesterday I purchased a small (46 g) bag of Reese's Pieces, with this
brown: 11
orange: 31
yellow: 19

And some of you may recall that Rossman's activity asks students to
"suppose that 45% of the population is orange." Until Rossman tells me
otherwise, I would have to assume that this percentage was chosen because
some experience had suggested that it was plausible.

So Jenny was correct about what Hershey said to me; but I think their
claim still is subject to some doubt.

Bruce King
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

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