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Consider that the 4th person chose dish X.

The Probability that the 1st Person chose dish X is 1/5.

The Probability that the 2nd Person chose dish X is 1/5.

The Probability that the 3rd Person chose dish X is 1/5.

Therefore, the probability that anyone has chosen X before is 3/5.

So, the possibility that the dish is previously not chosen is 2/5

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Is that the exact question?

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I would say yes, because the answer you gave me works

'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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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Agnishom wrote:

The Probability that the 1st Person chose dish X is 1/5.

The Probability that the 2nd Person chose dish X is 1/5.

The Probability that the 3rd Person chose dish X is 1/5.

Therefore, the probability that anyone has chosen X before is 3/5.

That method is faulty. If there were 5 people before D, you would end up with 5/5 and no chance for D.

I'll work on an analytic method.

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Must be different for me and you then. Mine requests a + b in a / b.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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bob bundy wrote:

Agnishom wrote:The Probability that the 1st Person chose dish X is 1/5.

The Probability that the 2nd Person chose dish X is 1/5.

The Probability that the 3rd Person chose dish X is 1/5.

Therefore, the probability that anyone has chosen X before is 3/5.That method is faulty. If there were 5 people before D, you would end up with 5/5 and no chance for D.

I'll work on an analytic method.

Bob

Ya, so... What to do?

Hi bobbym,

They ask me for a + b too

'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'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You can not add them up.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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Then?

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

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi

I get that too by my own method and a general formula too.

Bob

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THanks

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

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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