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# Good explanation needed for this one Jane has to pick 3

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28 Jul 2003, 18:54
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Jane has to pick 3 subjects out of 6: A, B, C, D, E, or F. If she has already chosen E, what is the probability that she will choose B also?
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28 Jul 2003, 19:59
bb wrote:
Good explanation needed for this one

Jane has to pick 3 subjects out of 6: A, B, C, D, E, or F. If she has already chosen E, what is the probability that she will choose B also?
тАв 0.2
тАв 0.25
тАв 0.4
тАв 0.8
тАв 0.96

Here are 3 ways of looking at this:
(1)
WE are already given that E is chosen, so the problem is simply what is the prob that she will pick B if she chooses 2 subjects.

This is the probability that she will either choose the subject as the first pick OR the subject as the second pick.

Pr(b 1st) = 1/5
Pr(b 2nd) = Pr(b not 1st AND b 2nd) = 4/5 * 1/4 = 1/5

These 2 are mutually exclusive, hence the probability is 1/5 + 1/5 = 2/5 = 0.4

Method 2:
The probability that she will NOT leave B as one of her 3 unpicked choice is exactly the same problem.
Pr(B is NOT one of 3 unpicked choices) = 4/5 * 3/4 * 3/2 = 2/5 = 0.4

Method 3:
Pr (b picked in 2 choices) = 1 - Pr(B not picked of her two choices)
= 1 - (4/5 * 3/4) = 1 - 3/5 = 2/5 = 0.4.
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29 Jul 2003, 05:54
bb wrote:
Good explanation needed for this one

Jane has to pick 3 subjects out of 6: A, B, C, D, E, or F. If she has already chosen E, what is the probability that she will choose B also?
тАв 0.2
тАв 0.25
тАв 0.4
тАв 0.8
тАв 0.96

Another way of looking at this problem:

E is already chosen. Now B can be chosen in 2nd choice or third choice.

Number of ways B can come in second choice = 1C1*4C1 = 4
Number of ways B can come in third choice = 4C1*1C1 = 4

Total number of ways in which two subjects can be chosen, one by one, out of the remaining five = 5C1*4C1 = 20

Therefore, the probability that B will be chosen = 8/20 = 0.4
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23 Jan 2004, 07:19
A different approach. Assume he has chosen E and B then only one other subject has to be chosen in 4C1 ways
Total ways to to choose 2 subjects from 5 is 5C2 = 10 ways

P = 4C1/5C2 = 0.4
23 Jan 2004, 07:19
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