Three cards in a hat

Discussion in 'Politics' started by aphexcoil, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. igsi


    Thanks, I can see that this is true. I still fail to see a mistake in my reasoning, though. :(
    #21     Dec 31, 2002
  2. So, as a trader, what do you do?
    #22     Dec 31, 2002
  3. igsi


    I am not a trader, so I do nothing. As a trader-wannabe, I give myself a little credit for admitting that I was wrong. I am also going to give it another thought trying to see where I was wrong which hopefully will help me better understand myself and the world around me.
    #23     Dec 31, 2002
  4. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest do have convincing arguments.
    I have to do some more thinking on this one.
    To work it out in my own mind.
    #24     Dec 31, 2002
  5. genebort


    If the three cards are placed into the hat, and a gambler reaches in and removes one. Places it face down, and a red side shows , he will bet it is the all red card. Giving even odds, he will consistently win-----because BEFORE he pulled out a card, his chances were two out of three that any card removed would be a solid color. He merely bet that a solid color card had been removed. This was written up in Scientific American magazine in 1950 while I was working on my MS degree in Chem. My college prof (when I showed him the article)started betting with the other profs and LHAO at them. :)
    #25     Dec 31, 2002
  6. I got this problem from my psychology textbook and it was used as an example of how human decision making relies more on wholes than on parts.
    #26     Dec 31, 2002
  7. igsi


    Putting aside intended insult, this statement is foolish and logically flawed. Moreover, you are evidently wrong. I did not see it then, but I see it now. However, that did not happen due to your input. I say "input" because I think that you post, which consisted of two parts, Ad Nauseam argument and nonsense, does not deserve to be called explanation. Meaningless input is all I've seen from you.
    #27     Dec 31, 2002
  8. I didn't mean to offend you. I am sorry.
    #28     Dec 31, 2002
  9. igsi


    I did not take the offense anyway. I wonder what you meant then, though.
    #29     Dec 31, 2002
  10. igsi


    Now I see what was my mistake. I was not taking into account that the card itself and what side is up are both choosen randomly. So, my reasoning would be correct if the problem was stated differently.

    "Three cards are placed into a hat. One card has a white face on both sides. A second card has a white side and a red side and the third card has two red sides.

    A card is drawn out of the hat and we are told that one side of that cards is red. What is the probability that that card is the card with two red sides?"

    The answer to this problem is 50%. Bottom line, the history is important! :)
    #30     Jan 3, 2003