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Probability Question
Posted:
Mar 20, 2013 10:43 AM


Something that has been rattling around in my head for some time, and I just can't seem to get a handle on it.
What is the probability of selecting N numbers between 1 and 100 such that their sum is <=100 ?
Obviously N=1 is 1.0 For N=2, I've been trying to do something like calculate:
P(selecting 1) * P(selecting 99) + P(selecting 2) * P(selecting 99 or 98) + P(selecting 3) * P(Selecting 99, 98, or 97) + ... P(selecting 99) * P(selecting 1)
That gets out of hand quickly with N>2. I could approximate a few values with code, but is there a way to get a closed form of this probability?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Mark



