MartinMag wrote:

toujours28 wrote:

MartinMag, can you explain it using probability, please? thanks!

Sure...

Suppose we have colors: A,B,C,D and E

Prob of getting 1 shoe of color A=2/10=1/5

After we got the A shoe we have 9 shoes left, then the prob of getting the other A shoe is 1/9

So, probability of getting 2 shoes of color A is 1/5*1/9

Since we have 5 pairs of different colors, the answer is 1/5*1/9*5

Hope it helps!

Martin

Here is another way of thinking about this probabilisticly.

Whatever color you pick for the first shoe, there is only one shoe out of the remaining 9 that match it, hence, the probability is 1/9.

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