Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. [#permalink]
11 Feb 2008, 08:50

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

Difficulty:

35% (medium)

Question Stats:

56% (01:48) correct
43% (01:00) wrong based on 86 sessions

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win?

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
11 Feb 2008, 09:10

2

This post received KUDOS

jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win? 5/6 2/3 1/2 5/12 1/3

1/3 - equal probability of Jim winning, Renee winning and a tie.

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
13 Jun 2012, 22:34

You are wrong I think!.

In the stimulus there is no sign of definition of "TIE" situation! this comes from your experience in real world not from stimulus. So the probability of losing is not 1/3 it becomes 2/3.(in the stimulus it had mentioned that just 1 situation of them game is wining situation so the other situations must be loosing situation as there is no explanation of tie situation)!

This means the probability becomes: 1C3 * 1/3*2/3=2/3...
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
13 Jun 2012, 23:02

maratikus wrote:

jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win? 5/6 2/3 1/2 5/12 1/3

1/3 - equal probability of Jim winning, Renee winning and a tie.

Pretty simple and straight forward apprach...
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
13 Jun 2012, 23:07

1

This post received KUDOS

Expert's post

omidsa wrote:

You are wrong I think!.

In the stimulus there is no sign of definition of "TIE" situation! this comes from your experience in real world not from stimulus. So the probability of losing is not 1/3 it becomes 2/3.(in the stimulus it had mentioned that just 1 situation of them game is wining situation so the other situations must be loosing situation as there is no explanation of tie situation)!

This means the probability becomes: 1C3 * 1/3*2/3=2/3...

OA for this question is E (1/3) not 2/3. Refer to the solution below:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win?

A. 5/6 B. 2/3 C. 1/2 D. 5/12 E. 1/3

There are 3*3=9 combinations (cases) possible. In 3 cases there will be a tie (rock-rock, scissors/scissors, paper/paper). Now, out of 6 cases left Jim and Renee have equal chances of winning, so in 3 cases Jim will win and in other 3 Renee will win. So the probability Jim winning the game is (favorable outcomes) / (total # of outcomes) = 3/9 = 1/3.

Or: no matter what sign Renee will select Jim can select 1 sign to win, 1 sign to get tie and 1 sign to loose, so the probability Jim winning the game is 1/3.

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 00:03

Expert's post

omidsa wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

In 3 cases there will be a tie (rock-rock, scissors/scissors, paper/paper).

please explain me where did you get this from the question stimulus? How do you decide that there is tie situation? Please read the Stimulus again!

The Official Answer is wrong!

We are told that Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, so if they both choose Paper for example there will be a tie. How else?

So, the official answer is not wrong.
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 00:09

omidsa wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

In 3 cases there will be a tie (rock-rock, scissors/scissors, paper/paper).

please explain me where did you get this from the question stimulus? How do you decide that there is tie situation? Please read the Stimulus again!

The Official Answer is wrong!

Don't assume it as tie, but the result would be unpredictable when rock/rock, scissors/scissors or paper/paper combination happens. Also, according to question it is clearly mentioned about the rules for winning.

So, lets say there are two situations: 1. Win 2. Not win Win - 3 cases for winning, Not win - 6 cases

So, probability of winning Jim = 3/(3+6)=1/3 Thus, the answer is (E).

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 00:12

We are told that Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, so if they both choose Paper for example there will be a tie. How else?

So, the official answer is not wrong.[/quote]

Choosing freely each hand does not means that choosing rock-rock means tie! . please just consider the statements of given problem and forget what you know about the real world. suppose somebody that in his real life has not played SPR game! then how could he finds there is a tie situation?
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 00:17

cyberjadugar wrote:

Don't assume it as tie, but the result would be unpredictable when rock/rock, scissors/scissors or paper/paper combination happens. Also, according to question it is clearly mentioned about the rules for winning.

So, lets say there are two situations: 1. Win 2. Not win Win - 3 cases for winning, Not win - 6 cases

So, probability of winning Jim = 3/(3+6)=1/3 Thus, the answer is (E).

Regards,

Good Point! The probability of wining is 1/3 and not wining is 2/3 then becomes 3C1* 1/3*2/3 =2/3 am i right?
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 00:24

omidsa wrote:

cyberjadugar wrote:

Don't assume it as tie, but the result would be unpredictable when rock/rock, scissors/scissors or paper/paper combination happens. Also, according to question it is clearly mentioned about the rules for winning.

So, lets say there are two situations: 1. Win 2. Not win Win - 3 cases for winning, Not win - 6 cases

So, probability of winning Jim = 3/(3+6)=1/3 Thus, the answer is (E).

Regards,

Good Point! The probability of wining is 1/3 and not wining is 2/3 then becomes 3C1* 1/3*2/3 =2/3 am i right?

Hi omidsa,

You have correctly stated that the probability of wining is 1/3 and not wining is 2/3.

The expresion - 3C1* 1/3*2/3 =2/3, can also be viewed as: (probability of choosing first sign)*(probability of choosing sign which results to not winning) (3/3)*(2/3)=2/3, and I hope this is what you wanted to convey.

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
14 Jun 2012, 00:38

Expert's post

omidsa wrote:

Choosing freely each hand does not means that choosing rock-rock means tie! . please just consider the statements of given problem and forget what you know about the real world. suppose somebody that in his real life has not played SPR game! then how could he finds there is a tie situation?

I think you over-thinking this simple problem. If somebody has never played this game he/she could use common sense to decide that paper/paper is a tie.
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
22 Nov 2012, 00:22

Bunuel wrote:

omidsa wrote:

You are wrong I think!.

In the stimulus there is no sign of definition of "TIE" situation! this comes from your experience in real world not from stimulus. So the probability of losing is not 1/3 it becomes 2/3.(in the stimulus it had mentioned that just 1 situation of them game is wining situation so the other situations must be loosing situation as there is no explanation of tie situation)!

This means the probability becomes: 1C3 * 1/3*2/3=2/3...

OA for this question is E (1/3) not 2/3. Refer to the solution below:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win?

A. 5/6 B. 2/3 C. 1/2 D. 5/12 E. 1/3

There are 3*3=9 combinations (cases) possible. In 3 cases there will be a tie (rock-rock, scissors/scissors, paper/paper). Now, out of 6 cases left Jim and Renee have equal chances of winning, so in 3 cases Jim will win and in other 3 Renee will win. So the probability Jim winning the game is (favorable outcomes) / (total # of outcomes) = 3/9 = 1/3.

Or: no matter what sign Renee will select Jim can select 1 sign to win, 1 sign to get tie and 1 sign to loose, so the probability Jim winning the game is 1/3.

Answer: E.

Hope it's clear.

I'm not sure that I'm right but since you admit the chance of a tie, than there will be 9 ways for Jim to win. 3 ways with one win and 2 ties and 3 with 2 wins and 1 tie. There will be total of 27 combinations. Am I right?

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
22 Nov 2012, 03:57

Expert's post

felixjkz wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

omidsa wrote:

You are wrong I think!.

In the stimulus there is no sign of definition of "TIE" situation! this comes from your experience in real world not from stimulus. So the probability of losing is not 1/3 it becomes 2/3.(in the stimulus it had mentioned that just 1 situation of them game is wining situation so the other situations must be loosing situation as there is no explanation of tie situation)!

This means the probability becomes: 1C3 * 1/3*2/3=2/3...

OA for this question is E (1/3) not 2/3. Refer to the solution below:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win?

A. 5/6 B. 2/3 C. 1/2 D. 5/12 E. 1/3

There are 3*3=9 combinations (cases) possible. In 3 cases there will be a tie (rock-rock, scissors/scissors, paper/paper). Now, out of 6 cases left Jim and Renee have equal chances of winning, so in 3 cases Jim will win and in other 3 Renee will win. So the probability Jim winning the game is (favorable outcomes) / (total # of outcomes) = 3/9 = 1/3.

Or: no matter what sign Renee will select Jim can select 1 sign to win, 1 sign to get tie and 1 sign to loose, so the probability Jim winning the game is 1/3.

Answer: E.

Hope it's clear.

I'm not sure that I'm right but since you admit the chance of a tie, than there will be 9 ways for Jim to win. 3 ways with one win and 2 ties and 3 with 2 wins and 1 tie. There will be total of 27 combinations. Am I right?

No, that's not correct. Notice that they are playing one game, not three. So, there are total of 3*3=9 combinations, out of which there are 3 cases with at tie and 3 cases to win for each of the players.
_________________

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
22 Nov 2012, 10:56

Hope it's clear.[/quote] I'm not sure that I'm right but since you admit the chance of a tie, than there will be 9 ways for Jim to win. 3 ways with one win and 2 ties and 3 with 2 wins and 1 tie. There will be total of 27 combinations. Am I right?[/quote]

No, that's not correct. Notice that they are playing one game, not three. So, there are total of 3*3=9 combinations, out of which there are 3 cases with at tie and 3 cases to win for each of the players.[/quote] My bad, I misinterpreted the question. Thank you!

Re: Probability of Winning [#permalink]
13 Sep 2013, 22:31

maratikus wrote:

jimmyjamesdonkey wrote:

Jim and Renee will play one game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. In this game, each will select and show a hand sign for one of the three items. Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beat Paper, and Paper beats Rock. Assuming that both Jim and Renee have an equal chance of choosing any one of the hand signs, what is the probability that Jim will win? 5/6 2/3 1/2 5/12 1/3

1/3 - equal probability of Jim winning, Renee winning and a tie.

So if we go by this logic, if there are 3 players - regardless of the game - the probability of each one winning is 1/4, if 4 players then 1/5, if 5 players then 1/6....and so on. Is my understanding correct?
_________________

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”

gmatclubot

Re: Probability of Winning
[#permalink]
13 Sep 2013, 22:31