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The probability that Katarina will correctly solve a given math problem is 1/8. The probability that Layla will solve the same problem correctly is 1/12. Given that they are both incorrect, the probability that they will give the same incorrect numerical result is 1/1001.

Suppose Katarina and Layla solve a math problem independently and get the same numerical result. The probability that they get the correct answer, given that they got the same numerical result, can be written as a/b, where a and b are cop-rime positive integers. Find a+b.

**Clarification:** When both of them solve the question correctly, they got the same numerical result.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Is it 2098?

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There's another clue which says that the answer is within 0 to 999 inclusive

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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The probability that they get the correct answer, given that they got the same numerical result

Should that be same incorrect numerical result?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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I can't think of any other answer.

Hi bobbym,

Yeah, in that case we can have a zero!

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Hi;

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

I am getting 79?

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They tell its wrong.

I wanted to attach an image to post #6, for some reason i couldn't

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Was it too big?

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I try again

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Thanks for the exact question.

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But I wrote the same!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I know but it is good to check.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Whoops, a mistake in my previous attempt, I wasn't considering the probabilities for wrong answers!

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That is correct! Thanks

Let me see..

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You're welcome.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Very good! One question, how do you figure what P(B|A) is?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

Thanks!

I tried to figure it out using a tree. Only the red leaves are considered for calculating our answer.

how do you figure what P(B|A) is?

Did you mean the probability that answers are the same, given that both are correct?

It must be definitely 1, since they can't have two different correct answers!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

I got confused over the wording of the problem and now I can not even see what I was confused about...

What does S stand for?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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S stands for "same answer"

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Okay, just wanted to make sure I could understand it. Thanks for the help.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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You're welcome.

I found that tree diagrams does a better job than remembering the bayes' formula, it's of great help for conditional probability problems.

We only need to select the nodes of interest, then we are done!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have thought about treeing them for a while but I must have always left one or two out because I never got the right answer.

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Will you please make it clear to me?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

The tree red nodes represent the denominator.

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