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Subject: Re: The Computer-Chess Player And The Mathematician (was: Waltzing Matil

Author: Serge Desmarais

Date: 21:20:18 08/31/98

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On August 31, 1998 at 19:52:44, fca wrote:

>On August 29, 1998 at 22:24:12, José de Jesús García Ruvalcaba wrote:
>>On August 29, 1998 at 19:21:48, Serge Desmarais wrote:
>>>So, since we know one is a boy (B), in 1/3 of the cases the second kid will be a
>>>boy, in 1/3 of the cases it will be a girl (G) and in the last third of cases,
>>>it will be ???   :)
>>>Serge Desmarais
>>No, in 2/3 of the cases it will be a girl.
>I've deliberately kept out of this one till it ran its course... ;-)
>José and Dan are completely correct.
>Serge, I sympathize with your outrage at the absurdity: however, please direct
>it not at the answer (1/3 is correct) but *AT THE QUESTION* :-)  In RL, it is
>obvious some "ordering" would exist, hence 1/2 is the correct answer to any
>sensible questions of the sort.  But the question asked made it clear there was
>no ordering, and was a _bad_ question.  This is where I came in.
>Kind regards

Yes, I understand the reasonning that was used perfectly, just that it did not
seem to fit in the common sense logic. But as U stated, the question was
probably not posed correctly... :)

Serge Desmarais

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