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Questions tagged [probability]

A mathematical puzzle whose essential nature involves randomness.

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Will you win the game?

You play a gambling game. On 100 folded pieces of papers are written 100 different values. You cannot see the numbers written on the folded pieces of paper, which are grouped in a pile. You pay 10 ...
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Lost first game – can I still make my mother proud?

I am one of the greatest finger wrestlers of my generation. Only 0.1% of all players are better. When I play against someone who's worse than me, I win 99% of the time. Against someone who's ...
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A Short Dice Puzzle

There are $2$ fair dice: An $11$-sided die, valued from $-5$ to $5$, A $41$-sided die, valued from $-20$ to $20$. You pick one, and I'll take the other one. We roll the dice, and whoever rolls the ...
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Probability in Fighting Tournament in which Contestants consume each other

A tournament has 2 teams of 24 people each of weight 1. Each team sends one person into the pit where they fight until one consumes the other taking on all their weight. The probability that one ...
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Monty's Labyrinth

(A fun combination of two classic puzzles, hope seasoned puzzlers enjoy.) Having escaped through almost all of a labyrinth, you are met by three magical doors. Two of them lead to certain and ...
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Olivia's cookie jars

Olivia loves cookies so much that Dad promises to buy her two cookie jars on one condition: that she only eats one cookie per day. Olivia agrees, and now two black, large cookie jars rest on the ...
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Fight Battle 21

Based off a very, very well-known puzzle The new RPG, Fight Battle 21, is now here! Now with the same three characters as the previous 20 editions! Knight: 6 HP, 60% chance to deal 3 damage Archer: ...
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Risk Appetites - betting percentages

This question is from the September/October issue of the Actuarial Review magazine. Kim and Ann start with an equal amount of money, but they value money very differently. Kim acts to maximize the ...
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2 Monkeys on a computer [closed]

(a) Two monkeys are typing capital letters (A-Z) randomly. The first stops typing when the word COCONUT appears as seven successive letters. The second stops typing when TUNOCOC appears; TUNOCOC is ...
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Minesweeper challenge #4

While solving another Minesweeper puzzle, I ran into yet another unsolvable corner. Well, actually, this time I have two unsolvable corners in the same puzzle. Here's the bottom left corner: ...as ...
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Minesweeper challenge #3

I seem to have run into yet another "unsolvable corner" while playing Minesweeper. The following segment is taken from the bottom right corner of the puzzle. There are 5 mines remaining, and all ...
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Ten targets you need to hit

You are a good sniper and there are 10 targets you need to hit. The chance of hitting any target is the same. Strangely, with your accuracy the chance of getting 8 hits is equal to getting 7 hits in ...
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Minesweeper challenge #2

Again, I seem to have run into another situation where there doesn't seem to be a definitive set of squares to tap to solve a Minesweeper puzzle. What squares should I tap to maximize my chances of ...
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Is there a definite answer to this Minesweeper puzzle? If not, which square has the best chance of being safe?

I was working on solving an Expert puzzle in Minesweeper, but came across a hurdle in this corner (the top left). Is there a definitive solution to the problem? If so, what is it? If not, which ...
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max possible number of dice throw [closed]

Scott repeatedly rolls a pair of standard six-sided dice and keeps track of the sum of the two numbers rolled each time. So far he has not rolled any sum twice. What is the maximum possible number of ...
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Get 20 points from a target board

A target board consists of four parts, and each part has different numbers on it. You will make at most $10$ shots, and every shot's point will be added to your score. If you get a score of $20$ ...
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Guffin factory regulated heist

I work at a guffin factory. I manufacture guffins and have an unlimited access to guffin storage. I can fit up to 20 guffins in my bag, get them home from the factory and nobody will chase me. You ...
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100 pieces 1 opportunity, choose wisely!

Say you have a cake that is cut into 100 pieces. One of the pieces has a hidden prize. 100 people take turns, each taking a piece in sequence hoping to find the prize. Note: I slightly modified (...
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Probability of Girl or Boy

Suppose that I have a friend whose name is X. X has an elder brother who got married 10 years before. But X being a silly guy has the habit of forgetting things; you can say a “Short time memory loss”....
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3 points on a circle [duplicate]

There is a circle where you put 3 points randomly on it as shown below: What is the chance of these randomly chosen three points passing on an half circle? Reference: Bilim Teknik Dergisi 2018-07
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A dice game, what is the optimal strategy?

Alice was walking on the street when she came across a man playing with a die. She could not help trying to check if the die was loaded and while she was concluding that it wasn't loaded, the man ...
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Variation of Boy/Girl Birth Problem [closed]

Parents keep having children until they have one girl, at which point they stop; and babies are girls with probability 0.49. If we select a child uniformly at random (from the entire population of ...
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How likely is a comeback in basketball?

For this most recent NBA season, ESPN.com has had in-game win probabilities: My question: Say a team gets a big lead and has a 90% chance of winning. What is the probability that at some point ...
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A cooperative guessing game - Guess your order and card

6 players sitting in a circle and each assigned a card among 2 Hearts, 3 Hearts, ..., Ace Hearts (i.e. any of the Hearts cards). Holding her card above his forehead (i.e. Indian Poker fashion), each ...
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Two person game, choosing an integer between 1 and 30?

Suppose two players are playing a game. The first player chose an integer, n st. $n \in \left\{ 1,\ldots ,30\right\}$. The second player picks a different one. After that, a random integer x st. $x \...
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What are the chances on watching the clock? [closed]

This is a relatively straightforward little puzzle, but the answers are somewhat unintuitive or can prompt a new perspective. It might be an interesting little puzzle for a probability teaching ...
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Foolproof double betting

Just made up a problem. Have ideas, but no proof yet – came here for professional help. Tonight an important match of Metagame (box/football/baseball/chess) takes place. Everyone is hyped. Everyone ...
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Random chord to a circle around a triangle

This puzzle is literally a math textbook question. Its only redeeming feature is that it also happens to be too broad in a surprisingly interesting way. The problem Given the circle $\mathbf O$ ...
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Monty Hall Revisited: Winning Both Goats!

Suppose you're at a game show, knowing the winning strategy for the classic Monty Hall problem. Your turn comes up and you take the stage. You confidently choose door number (?). Just as you are ...
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Expected Number of Tosses Until H,T,T,H

I found a nice little app/game the other day called Probability Puzzles. Apologies to those who, like me, will now obsess until they are all completed. I'm sure there will be many such people on this ...
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Keypad Door Lock

Your progress is barred by a locked door, it is clearly controlled by a keypad. with 10 digits (0-9) plus a button for ENTER and a button for CANCEL. You know several things about this lock: This ...
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Lottery in Minesweeper

The question is inspired by this scenario: In this case, we had 2 tiles remaining, and each had the equal probability of being a mine, based on the already deduced information. Thus it was necessary ...
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“Musical chair” for clock hands

A colleague and me usually make bets on the time when a simulation is finished. Next time I would suggest the following: At the time the simulation is finished we take a look at the analog clock on ...
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What is the probability that all the bullets will be destroyed?

A gun shots bullets with different speed each second. The bullets form a straight line. The bullets keep their speed (not getting slower or faster). But if 2 of the bullets collide, 2 of them are ...
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Landing 4 on a Broken Die [closed]

This is not hard, but fun. Suppose you have a die such that its 1,5,6 and 4 face are broken. Whenever 1 face lands, it gets rolled over to an adjacent face. If 5 face lands, it is equally likely that ...
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How many tries to roll a 6?

Suppose you roll a (fair, 6-sided, perfectly ordinary) die repeatedly until you roll a 6. As is well known, the expected (i.e., long-term average over many trials) number of rolls required is 6. Now ...
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Guessing game with infinity coin flips

Evan and Ollie are going to play a game as a team. The two friends placed in separate rooms, and then a coin is flipped infinitely many times*. Evan is told the results of the even numbered flips, ...
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An island, a boat, and a roulette

You are on an island where a volcano is going to erupt anytime soon, wiping everything with it. The only way to leave the island is via boat, but the captain of the boat asks 80 £ for the ride. You ...
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Taking a ball from basket challenge [duplicate]

I have 10 red balls, 10 blue balls, and 2 baskets. You are free to choose the numbers of red balls, and the numbers of blue balls to put to the first basket. Then you have to put rest of the balls to ...
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Drawing balls from a pocket

I have a pocket of N=4 balls of different colors, say green, red, blue and yellow. You can draw as many times as you want After each draw, the ball will be put back to the pocket so that the chance ...
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A Shooting Target with 9 shots

You are a soldier in the army, and the commander is testing his soldiers for their shots. But the commander is also a mathematician and would like to test not only your shooting ability but also your ...
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Find Coin's unfairness with only 4 tosses

There is a unfair coin and you want to find out its actual probability, to find the exact probability is actually not an easy task, you need to toss it many many times to get the close to actual ...
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Prisoners and minority voting

Disclaimer: this is a scenario that I came up with on my own, and I do not actually know if there is a possible solution. The reason for posting is to see if the combined intellect of PSE can help to ...
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Probability of nobody being born in a specific month

Assume 11 persons are born in 11 different months. What is the probability $P(n)$ that none of them is born in the $n$-th month? This would be pretty easy if all months had the same length, then $P(n)...
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The most probable key

You broke into John Doe's house and found the safe. It has a combination lock with 4 dials ranging from 0 to 9 each. ...
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Interesting card combinations [closed]

In a normal pack of playing cards (without jokers), the probabilities of the following events are the same: (1) Drawing a set of 4 different cards (irrespective of its color and suit) - let us call ...
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Dice problem involving nine randomly selected cups [closed]

I was given this problem by a colleague, and I cannot figure it out. Given nine cups and an unlimited supply of six-sided dice rolled one at a time, what is the probability that you will, at some ...
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Help! I lost my marble(s)!

Tomorrow is the annual meetup for the Northwest Region Marble Lovers Association. The days festivities will include various marble games, admiring collections of marbles, a guest speaker who will talk ...
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bored of eating soup

A man orders spicy noodle and leek soup from a restaurant, but gets bored while eating. When he gets bored, there are exactly 100 noodles in the soup. Because he is bored, he decides to play a game ...
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Effective strategy for prisoners to see movie

100 prisoners are given an opportunity to go to a theatre and watch a movie. Each can choose either to go or not. However, if everyone chooses to go to the trip then no one is allowed to go. The ...