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• Prof_Green
• 13th Mar 18, 8:55 PM
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Prof_Green
A dog breeder says she has two new baby Labradors to show you, but she doesn't know whether they're male, female, or a pair. You tell her that you want only a male, and she telephones the fellow who's giving them a bath. "Is at least one a male?" she asks him. "Yes!" she informs you with a smile. What is the probability that the other one is a male?
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• maninthestreet
• 13th Mar 18, 9:53 PM
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maninthestreet
1 in 4 - I think.
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• z1a
• By z1a 13th Mar 18, 9:54 PM
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z1a
50:50 .
• Prof_Green
• 13th Mar 18, 11:18 PM
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Prof_Green
Both wrong!!
• maninthestreet
• 13th Mar 18, 11:30 PM
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maninthestreet
Thinking about it again, the possible combinations are male/male, male/female and female/female. So the odds are 1 in 3.
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• Prof_Green
• 14th Mar 18, 12:12 AM
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Prof_Green
Thinking about it again, the possible combinations are male/male, male/female and female/female. So the odds are 1 in 3.
Originally posted by maninthestreet
Female/female is not a possibility as at least on is male.

The answer is 1 in 3 though.

Possible combinations are male/male, male/female and female/male

So there are 3 possibilities with at least one male, but in only 1 of them is the other pup a male.
• miriamac
• By miriamac 14th Mar 18, 1:56 AM
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miriamac
Female/female is not a possibility as at least on is male.

The answer is 1 in 3 though.

Possible combinations are male/male, male/female and female/male

So there are 3 possibilities with at least one male, but in only 1 of them is the other pup a male.
Originally posted by Prof_Green
Male/female and female/male are exactly the same dogs.

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• Prof_Green
• 14th Mar 18, 2:18 AM
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Prof_Green
Male/female and female/male are exactly the same dogs.

Displayed differently.
Originally posted by miriamac

No they are not, not if you think of them a pup A and pub B

or as the first and last born

if there were born the first could be male and second female or
the first female and the second male so they are not the same
and you will get two male/female pairs for every male/male pair.
• Pyxis
• By Pyxis 14th Mar 18, 7:16 AM
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Pyxis
Unfortunately, the problem here is not with the mathematics, but with the semantics of the question.

If an absolute answer is required, rather than just a debate on semantics, then the question has to be worded in a better way, I'm afraid, otherwise two answers are possible, and you'll be debating it until the cows come home and beyond.

For the reason why, you'd have to read right through this long table-tennis match of a discussion on this other forum's thread from 2006.

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• indesisiv
• 14th Mar 18, 8:02 AM
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indesisiv
Female/female is not a possibility as at least on is male.

The answer is 1 in 3 though.

Possible combinations are male/male, male/female and female/male

So there are 3 possibilities with at least one male, but in only 1 of them is the other pup a male.
Originally posted by Prof_Green
But there is no valid relationship between the 2 dogs.

You could have 10 dogs, of which 9 are male, what's the probability of the other being male ... 50:50

Just because one dog is a male has no statistical bearing on the other dog at all.

It similar to a coin toss. If you flip a head then a head, what is the chance of the next one being a head? (50% chance) It is only when you start to calculate the cumulative possibility of them all in a row that it stops being 50:50
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• Prof_Green
• 15th Mar 18, 12:41 AM
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Prof_Green
Unfortunately, the problem here is not with the mathematics, but with the semantics of the question.

If an absolute answer is required, rather than just a debate on semantics, then the question has to be worded in a better way, I'm afraid, otherwise two answers are possible, and you'll be debating it until the cows come home and beyond.

For the reason why, you'd have to read right through this long table-tennis match of a discussion on this other forum's thread from 2006.

Originally posted by Pyxis

My be easier if we think of coins and head or tails.

I have spun two coins, at least one is heads, what are the chances both are heads?

Well normally 1 in 4 as the possibility are HH HT TH and TT
however we can rule out TT as one is heads which leaves us
with HH HT & TH

We can see that if one is known to he H then only one of the 3 possibilities
• z1a
• By z1a 15th Mar 18, 1:57 PM
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z1a
Both wrong!!
Originally posted by Prof_Green

The chances of any dog being a male is evens, regardless of of any dogs before or after.
• NBLondon
• By NBLondon 15th Mar 18, 2:50 PM
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NBLondon

The chances of any dog being a male is evens, regardless of of any dogs before or after.
Originally posted by z1a
No the Prof is right...

50% is the assumed probability of any given dog being male independent of any other conditions. What was asked for was the probability of Dog B being male - given that we already know one or both dogs is male.

In real terms - it's a contrived question because a) the breeder should already know the sexes of the puppies and b) the bather would look at both puppies and answer "both male/both female/one of each"
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• fairy lights
• 15th Mar 18, 3:26 PM
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It's not really relevant anyway because I wouldn't buy a dog from a breeder who couldn't even tell what sex they were. Are they even Labradors anyway or are they large gerbils? Riddle me that.
• 15th Mar 18, 3:33 PM
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It's 50:50
The 3:1 thing is mixing up the possible combinations with the possible sex of individuals.
So if one dog is male, the other can still only be male or female.
The fact that you can make three combinations of m / f is spurious.
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• 15th Mar 18, 3:36 PM
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It's not really relevant anyway because I wouldn't buy a dog from a breeder who couldn't even tell what sex they were. Are they even Labradors anyway or are they large gerbils? Riddle me that.
Originally posted by fairy lights
When I first read the question I thought that I wouldn't be buying a pedigree dog from anywhere.
Far, far too many genetic problems with them.
Give me a cross breed every time.
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• z1a
• By z1a 15th Mar 18, 4:07 PM
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z1a
No the Prof is right...

50% is the assumed probability of any given dog being male independent of any other conditions. What was asked for was the probability of Dog B being male - given that we already know one or both dogs is male.

In real terms - it's a contrived question because a) the breeder should already know the sexes of the puppies and b) the bather would look at both puppies and answer "both male/both female/one of each"
Originally posted by NBLondon
No, you and OP are wrong.
• fairy lights
• 15th Mar 18, 4:14 PM
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fairy lights
Far, far too many genetic problems with them.
Give me a cross breed every time.
So there's a 30% chance the puppy is male, 30% chance it is female and a 30% chance it's a mutant with hermaphroditic sexual organs.
The other 10% is still on it being a large gerbil.
• Pyxis
• By Pyxis 15th Mar 18, 4:20 PM
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Pyxis
It's not really relevant anyway because I wouldn't buy a dog from a breeder who couldn't even tell what sex they were. Are they even Labradors anyway or are they large gerbils? Riddle me that.
Originally posted by fairy lights
When I first read the question I thought that I wouldn't be buying a pedigree dog from anywhere.
Far, far too many genetic problems with them.
Give me a cross breed every time.
So there's a 30% chance the puppy is male, 30% chance it is female and a 30% chance it's a mutant with hermaphroditic sexual organs.
The other 10% is still on it being a large gerbil.
Originally posted by fairy lights
Now this is turning into a thread I would enjoy!

Stuff the maths and semantics...... let's talk mutant crossbreed gerbil!
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• 15th Mar 18, 4:24 PM
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So there's a 30% chance the puppy is male, 30% chance it is female and a 30% chance it's a mutant with hermaphroditic sexual organs.
The other 10% is still on it being a large gerbil.
Originally posted by fairy lights
You missed out the 20% chance that it was a whole new sex never seen before.
Zmale?
I'm 120% sure of that incidentally!
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