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In a cookie jar, there are 6 chocolate chip cookies and 8 oatmeal cookies. Hungry Paddy takes out the cookies one at a time and proceeds to eat them. The probability that the 7th cookie that Paddy eats is a chocolate chip cookie is a/b, where a and b are positive coprime integers. What is the value of a+b?

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

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Thanks but how to do?

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

This sort of tells you it doesn't matter what number you pick to eat a chocolate chip cookie.

Actually this is a trick question and no computation at all is required to solve it.

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How did you get into that formula?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is really just a joke but I used the box model. It is unnecessary!

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Why should it be a joke?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Because it is a trick question and using a computational idea on it just shows how stupid I am.

I ask you this what is the probability that the 15 th card from the top of a standard deck is a 5?

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So how do you answer that question? I am still clueless

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What is the chance that the top card of the deck is a 5?

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1/52

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That would be a particular 5 like the 5 of spades. There are 4 fives. Please recompute the answer.

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1/13 ?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct. Now you see that the 15th card is just the same as the top card.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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If someone phrases the question a little bit different, I bring in the heavy machinery. No wonder my back is bad.

Confucius says,"Don't use a cannon to kill a mosquito."

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

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The fiftteenth card isn't the same as the first. If any of the previous fourteen were a five, then the fifteenth could not have been a five

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You have no information like that. The 15th card has the same amount of information that the first card has. For instance, if I count down to the 15 th card and put it on top has it's probability changed?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I am intrigued by this problem.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Just understand that it is the card problem reworded. It can be verified by the above calculation or by enumeration. The probability is always the same.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Yes, I know. I read the discussion.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I just have to convince Agnishom and he can be a toughie.

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bobbym wrote:

The fifteenth card has the same amound of information

Nope. When you have gone down to the fifteenth card you already have the information of the fourteen cards above

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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What information do you have about it? You do not look at the first 14 cards.

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There are many different ways in which it can turn out to be a five.

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