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A literature panel is to select 4 panelists from a selection of 6 female and 3 male experts. What is the probability that the selected panelists will comprise of exactly 2 males?

(A) 4/9
(B) 2/5
(C) 3/7
(D) 1/2
(E) 5/14

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A literature panel is to select 4 panelists from a selection of 6 female and 3 male experts. What is the probability that the selected panelists will comprise of exactly 2 males?

(A) 4/9
(B) 2/5
(C) 3/7
(D) 1/2
(E) 5/14

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We are told that there should be 2 males and 2 females.

Combination approach:

\(P=\frac{C^2_3*C^2_6}{C^4_9}=\frac{45}{126}=\frac{5}{14}\)

Answer: E.

Direct probability approach:

\(P(MMFF)=\frac{4!}{(2!2!)}*\frac{3}{9}*\frac{2}{8}*\frac{6}{7}*\frac{5}{6}=\frac{5}{14}\), we multiply by 4!/(2!2!) because MMFF can be selected in several ways: MMFF, MFMF, FMMF, ... (the # of permutations of 4 letters MMFF, where 2 M's and 2 F's are identical).

Answer: E.
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