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a bit more about Reese's Pieces...
Posted:
Jan 8, 1997 8:49 AM


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 sseibert@hersheys.com:
(1) Last semester my students carried out Rossman's Activity 122, 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 result: 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 (kingb@wcsu.ctstateu.edu)



