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29 Jan 2014, 12:22
Great explanations above. A rather headacheinducing question, I admit I had to resolve to the following guessing pattern after I passed the 1:36 mark and admitted defeat. Economist wrote: At a blind taste competition a contestant is offered 3 cups of each of the 3 samples of tea in a random arrangement of 9 marked cups. If each contestant tastes 4 different cups of tea, what is the probability that a contestant does not taste all of the samples?
A. \(\frac{1}{12}\) Too low B. \(\frac{5}{14}\) Looks reasonable C. \(\frac{4}{9}\) Impossible, cannot be that simple D. \(\frac{1}{2}\) Too high E. \(\frac{2}{3}\) Too high





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Quote: If we employ the counting method applied in the question toughpnc92675.html then Considering three different samples and contestant not to taste all three samples there would be following two conditions 1. Contestant tastes 3 cups of on sample and 1 cup of another i.e. AAAB The number of ways this can happen is 3C2*4!/3! = 12 3C2 = Ways to select any 2 samples out of the 3 choices 4!/3! = # of ways AAAB can be rearranged or 2. Contestant tastes 2 cups of a sample and 2 of another i.e. AABB The number of ways this could happen is 3C2*4!/(2!*2!) = 18 3C2 = Ways to select any 2 samples out of the 3 choices 4!/(2!*2!) = # of ways AABB can be rearranged Hence total number of ways by which contestant can only taste any two samples is 18 + 12 = 30 Total number of ways to select 4 cups from 9 = 9C4 = 126 hence the probability that contestant can only taste any two samples = 30/126 = 5/21 Is this approach not correct? Where am I missing ? I have come up with another approach which gives a different result again. Assuming the that the contestant does not taste the 3rd sample there are 2 scenarios possible AABB and AAAB Counting one at a time. #of ways AABB can occur = 3C2*3C2*3C2 = 27 here, 3C2 = ways to select the 2 samples from 3 3C2 = ways to select the 2 cups from 3 cups of first sample 3C2 = ways to select 2 cups from 3 cups of second sample # of ways AAAB can occur = 3C2*3C3*3C1 = 9 3C2 = ways to select the 2 samples from 3 3C3 = ways to select 3 cups from the 3 cups of first sample 3C1 = ways to select 1 cup from the 3 cups of second sample Hence the total number of ways in which the contestant cannot taste any cup from third sample = 9 +27 = 36 Total number of ways to select 4 cups from 9 = 9C4 = 126 hence the probability that contestant can only taste any two samples = 36/126 = 4/14 Even after hours and hours of going through various material on Probablity and combinations I am struggling to identify a uniform approach that can be applied across problems. How would one know which approach to apply for which problem during the exams. Is there any way we can determine that?



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# of ways of choosing 4 cups from 9 = 9c4 = 126 # of ways of choosing 4 cups such that one gets only 2 varieties of tea 
1st, 2nd and 3rd cup to be from same type = 3*2*1 per type * 3 (for 3 different types) = 27 4th cup to be from a different type (can't be from same type as none of 1 type are left) = 3*3 per type * 2 (for 2 different types) = 18
Total = 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th cup = 27+18 = 45
Prob (Tastes only 2 varieties) = 45/126 = 5/14  B.
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I solved it in a way that I think is more direct: I get the probability that each cup is not a specific type of tea (type A): 1st cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/9 2nd cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/8, since we only have 8 cups left, and 3 of them are type A 3rd cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/7 4th cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/6 We do the same for types B and C (multiply by 3) So : 3/9 * 3/8 * 3/7 * 3/6 * 3 = 5/14
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Hi Is the following approach not correct..?? where am wrong???? C^1_3  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from 1st sample; C^1_3  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from 2nd sample; C^1_3  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from third sample; C^1_6 # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 6 remaining cups; C^4_9 # of ways to chose 4 cup out of 9 cups; Probability = [C^1_3 x C^1_3 x C^1_3 x C^1_6] / C^4_9 = 162/126 =9/7 Hence required P = 1 9/7 =
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Hi, Can someone help me understand the question? I am having great trouble figuring out what exactly is happening here, let alone what's asked. "3 cups of each of the 3 samples of tea"  does this mean that there are 3 types of tea, say Aasam Tea, Green Tea and Ginger Tea and a contestant is given 1 cup of each? "in a random arrangement of 9 marked cups"  what does this mean? Are there 9 cups, each with a different "type" of tea, or are there just 9 cups that may/may not have tea? The three cups offered above  these come from these nine cups? "each contestant tastes 4 different cups of tea"  each contestant as against "a" contestant? So what's happening here? Each tastes 4 cups, 3 of which he has been given as part of the first point above (all three of a different flavour + one he picks up on his own?) "contestant does not taste all of the samples"  so probability that he does not taste each of aasam,green and ginger? As in, a contestant tastes either zero or one or two? What's the difference here between a contestant and each contestant? I am completely confused! Can someone help explain what's happening with a diagram? Thanks in advance!
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Bunuel wrote: Economist wrote: At a blind taste competition a contestant is offered 3 cups of each of the 3 samples of tea in a random arrangement of 9 marked cups. If each contestant tastes 4 different cups of tea, what is the probability that a contestant does not taste all of the samples?
# \(\frac{1}{12}\) # \(\frac{5}{14}\) # \(\frac{4}{9}\) # \(\frac{1}{2}\) # \(\frac{2}{3}\) And the good one again. +1 to Economist. "The probability that a contestant does not taste all of the samples" means that contestant tastes only 2 samples of tea (one sample is not possible as contestant tastes 4 cups>3 of each kind). \(\frac{C^2_3*C^4_6}{C^4_9}=\frac{5}{14}\). \(C^2_3\)  # of ways to choose which 2 samples will be tasted; \(C^4_6\)  # of ways to choose 4 cups out of 6 cups of two samples (2 samples*3 cups each = 6 cups); \(C^4_9\)  total # of ways to choose 4 cups out of 9. Answer: B. Another way:Calculate the probability of opposite event and subtract this value from 1. Opposite event is that contestant will taste ALL 3 samples, so contestant should taste 2 cups of one sample and 1 cup from each of 2 other samples (211). \(C^1_3\)  # of ways to choose the sample which will provide with 2 cups; \(C^2_3\)  # of ways to chose these 2 cups from the chosen sample; \(C^1_3\)  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from second sample; \(C^1_3\)  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from third sample; \(C^4_9\)  total # of ways to choose 4 cups out of 9. \(P=1\frac{C^1_3*C^2_3*C^1_3*C^1_3}{C^4_9}=1\frac{9}{14}=\frac{5}{14}\). Answer: B. Hope it's clear. Hi bunuel, Could you please explain this. C13  # of ways to choose the sample which will provide with 2 cups; ( here we are selecting 2 cups from 3 cups right?) Thanks.



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19 Oct 2015, 08:52
guess it's probability= desired result/all the possible result?
cup1: it's 1, you'll taste a sample for sure as long as you take a cup
cup2: one sample is excluded and cup 1 is excluded, 4 cups left: 4/91
cup3, one sample is excluded and cup 1/2 are excluded, 3 cups left:3/81
cup 4, one sample is excluded and cup 1/2/3 are excluded, 2 cups left: 2/71
so the probability is
1*4/8*3/7*2/6=1/14



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dimitri92 wrote: i solved the question as follows. i hope my approach is correct.
let's consider that the contestant tasted all 3 flavors. the first cup can be selected from any 9 cups. P = \(\frac{9}{9}\) the second cup can be selected from 6 (other 2 flavors) of the remaining 8 cups. P = \(\frac{6}{8}\) the third cup can be selected from 3 (flavor not tested yet) of the remaining 7 cups. P = \(\frac{3}{7}\) the fourth cup can be selected from any of the remaining 6 cups. P = \(\frac{6}{6}\)
there are \(2\) ways in which second & third cup can be tested {AB, BA}. first & fourth cup already have probability 1.
probability that the contestant tasted all flavors = \(\frac{9}{9}*\frac{6}{8}*\frac{3}{7}*\frac{6}{6}*2 = \frac{9}{14}\)
required probability = \(1  \frac{9}{14} = \frac{5}{14}\)
Hi! Can some please explain the note regarding "there are \(2\) ways in which second & third cup can be tested {AB, BA}. first & fourth cup already have probability 1."? I didn't understand why we need to multiple by 2. Separately, why is my approach below wrong? P= 1(9*6*3*6)/(9 choose 4) is obviously wrong, but why? The denominator I understand very clearly  number of ways to choose 4 from 9 choices. The numerator is based on the reasoning that the first cup can be from any of the 9 choices, so 9 ways. The second cup has to be from any of the 6 cups (the two samples different from the first cup). The third cup has to be from any of the 3 cups (the third sample not choose by cup 1 or 2). And the last cup can be from any of the remaining 6 cups. Thanks so much!
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dimitri92 wrote: i solved the question as follows. i hope my approach is correct.
let's consider that the contestant tasted all 3 flavors. the first cup can be selected from any 9 cups. P = \(\frac{9}{9}\) the second cup can be selected from 6 (other 2 flavors) of the remaining 8 cups. P = \(\frac{6}{8}\) the third cup can be selected from 3 (flavor not tested yet) of the remaining 7 cups. P = \(\frac{3}{7}\) the fourth cup can be selected from any of the remaining 6 cups. P = \(\frac{6}{6}\)
there are \(2\) ways in which second & third cup can be tested {AB, BA}. first & fourth cup already have probability 1.
probability that the contestant tasted all flavors = \(\frac{9}{9}*\frac{6}{8}*\frac{3}{7}*\frac{6}{6}*2 = \frac{9}{14}\)
required probability = \(1  \frac{9}{14} = \frac{5}{14}\)
Hi Bunnuel, Is this a correct solution? I am having a difficult time understanding why did he multiply by two. I would expect that through this method, you don't need to multiply to account for combinations since the probabilities for each pick already account for that. Thanks.



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The probability of tasting all 3 cups is One cup from pool A (\(\frac{3}{9}\)) x One cup from pool B (\(\frac{3}{8}\)) x One cup from pool C (\(\frac{3}{7}\)) Since the contestant has to taste 4 cups, one possibility is picking second cup from pool A, so the probability is \(\frac{2}{6}\) The probability of tasting in order of ABCA is \(\frac{3}{9} * \frac{3}{8} * \frac{3}{7} * \frac{2}{6}\) ..... (1) In how many ways can the contestant taste ABCA cups = \(\frac{4!}{2!}\) = 4 x 3 ....... (2) The combinations ABCB & ABCC are also possible (along with ABCA) = 3 combinations ..... (3) Since the choice of "a specific cup" from "a pool" doesn't matter here, we need NOT account for \(A_1A_2A_3, A_1A_3A_2,\) ... etc. combinations So Probability of tasting all three cups is = (1) * (2) * (3) = \(\frac{3}{9} * \frac{3}{8} * \frac{3}{7} * \frac{2}{6} * 4 *3 *3\) =\(\frac{9}{14}\) Hence, Probability of NOT tasting all three cups = \(1 \frac{9}{14} = \frac{5}{14}\)
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Is this an okay way to think about this problem?
In the case where we want to use the alternate solution (1opposite), would it be okay to say the following:
The number of ways to taste all the cups would result from the following choices:
(A A) B C
 Of the 3 samples, choose 1 to be a double  Of the 3 samples, choose 2 to be singles  Given our choice for the double, choose 1 location of 3 possible to represent the double  Given our choice for the singles, choose 2 locations of the 3 possible to represent the singles
Hence our total desired outcome would be: (3C1)(3C2)(3C1)(3C2) / (9C4) = 9/14. Our answer, therefore, would be 1  9/14 = 5/14



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Bunuel wrote: Economist wrote: At a blind taste competition a contestant is offered 3 cups of each of the 3 samples of tea in a random arrangement of 9 marked cups. If each contestant tastes 4 different cups of tea, what is the probability that a contestant does not taste all of the samples?
# \(\frac{1}{12}\) # \(\frac{5}{14}\) # \(\frac{4}{9}\) # \(\frac{1}{2}\) # \(\frac{2}{3}\) And the good one again. +1 to Economist. "The probability that a contestant does not taste all of the samples" means that contestant tastes only 2 samples of tea (one sample is not possible as contestant tastes 4 cups>3 of each kind). \(\frac{C^2_3*C^4_6}{C^4_9}=\frac{5}{14}\). \(C^2_3\)  # of ways to choose which 2 samples will be tasted; \(C^4_6\)  # of ways to choose 4 cups out of 6 cups of two samples (2 samples*3 cups each = 6 cups); \(C^4_9\)  total # of ways to choose 4 cups out of 9. Answer: B. Another way:Calculate the probability of opposite event and subtract this value from 1. Opposite event is that contestant will taste ALL 3 samples, so contestant should taste 2 cups of one sample and 1 cup from each of 2 other samples (211). \(C^1_3\)  # of ways to choose the sample which will provide with 2 cups; \(C^2_3\)  # of ways to chose these 2 cups from the chosen sample; \(C^1_3\)  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from second sample; \(C^1_3\)  # of ways to chose 1 cup out of 3 from third sample; \(C^4_9\)  total # of ways to choose 4 cups out of 9. \(P=1\frac{C^1_3*C^2_3*C^1_3*C^1_3}{C^4_9}=1\frac{9}{14}=\frac{5}{14}\). Answer: B. Hope it's clear. Bunuel please help me with this: My thought process: We have two possibilities : take two two cups from 2 samples or 3 cups from 1 sample and 1 cup from another sample 3C1 * 3C3 *2C1 *3C1 + 3C1*3C2*2C1*3C2 Divided by total no of cases 9c4 But I am getting answer 4/7 please tell where I am wrong



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cledgard wrote: I solved it in a way that I think is more direct: I get the probability that each cup is not a specific type of tea (type A): 1st cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/9 2nd cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/8, since we only have 8 cups left, and 3 of them are type A 3rd cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/7 4th cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/6 We do the same for types B and C (multiply by 3) So : 3/9 * 3/8 * 3/7 * 3/6 * 3 = 5/14 1st cup : 3/9 is actually the probability that it's type A; Probability that it's not would be 6/9 Interesting way to approach the problem, though.



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BunuelWhy is it that in your second method 1  (3C1*3C2*3C1*3C1)/9C4 , you do not have to divide (3C1*3C2*3C1*3C1) by 4! to avoid "duplication"/"doublecounting" since arrangement does not matter here? Thanks!



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BunuelSorry, adding to my last post, I am confused because in the below question you posted, we need to divide the choices by the factorial of the number of groups: Q: How do divide 12 chocolates into 4 groups (groups are not distinct) A: (12C3*9C3*6C3*3C3)/4!



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Can somone please guide me what is wrong with this approach.
For Denominator= 9C4
For numerator: 1. 3 cups from any one sample and 1 cup from any of the rest 2 samples = 3C1*3C3*2C1*3C1= 18 2. 2 cups from any one sample and 2 cups from any one sample of the rest 2 samples= 3C1*3C2*2C1*3C2=54



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DanceWithFire wrote: cledgard wrote: I solved it in a way that I think is more direct: I get the probability that each cup is not a specific type of tea (type A): 1st cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/9 2nd cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/8, since we only have 8 cups left, and 3 of them are type A 3rd cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/7 4th cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/6 We do the same for types B and C (multiply by 3) So : 3/9 * 3/8 * 3/7 * 3/6 * 3 = 5/14 1st cup : 3/9 is actually the probability that it's type A; Probability that it's not would be 6/9 Interesting way to approach the problem, though. You are right, I made a mistake when I wrote it no the forum. The correct approach is the following: I get the probability that each cup is not a specific type of tea (type A): 1st cup, Probability it is not type A = 6/9 2nd cup, Probability it is not type A = 5/8, since we only have 8 cups left, and 3 of them are type A 3rd cup, Probability it is not type A =4/7 4th cup, Probability it is not type A = 3/6 We do the same for types B and C (multiply by 3) So : 6/9 * 5/8 * 4/7 * 3/6 * 3 = 5/14
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To choose 2 types of sample out of 3, we get 3c2 We then have 6 cups and to choose 4 cups out of that we get 6c4. Hence, 3c2 * 6c4 The total ways of selecting 4 cups out of the total 9 is 9c4. Final ans is (3c2 * 6c4) / 9c4
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Why i am wrong with: 1 (3c1*3c1*3c1*6c1)/9c4 where 6c1 = 4rth cup can be chosen from any of the remaining (2,2,2 = 6 cups) Bunuel




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