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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member lloydk
    Into the Breach!
    19 Apr '03 20:03
    You're on a tv game show with a $1 million prize. The prize is behind one of three doors.

    You choose door #1.

    The host says: ok, you've chosen door #1. Now I'm going to tell you the prize is NOT behind door #3! Would you like to stay with your choice, or switch to door #2?

    What's your best choice?

  2. 19 Apr '03 21:45
    stay w/ #1
  3. 19 Apr '03 23:23
    I agree, I have heard the answer before and you are correct
  4. Donation Acolyte
    Now With Added BA
    19 Apr '03 23:51
    Originally posted by Weird Al
    stay w/ #1
    I'm assuming here that the numbers 1 and 3 are arbitrary (otherwise why would you ever choose 3?) and that probabilites are equal, in which case I disagree. You have a 1/3 chance of picking the correct door first time. Clearly if you switch, you lose. However there's a 2/3 chance that you've picked the wrong one. The host then eliminates the other wrong one, so if you switch, you're guaranteed to win.

    In conclusion: if you stick, you have a 1/3 chance of winning. If you switch, you have a 2/3 chance of winning. I think this problem has been posted here before.
  5. Donation bbarr
    Chief Justice
    20 Apr '03 01:40
    Originally posted by Acolyte
    I'm assuming here that the numbers 1 and 3 are arbitrary (otherwise why would you ever choose 3?) and that probabilites are equal, in which case I disagree. You have a 1/3 chance of picking the correct door first time. Clearly if you switch, you lose. However there's a 2/3 chance that you've picked the wrong one. The host then eliminates the other wro ...[text shortened]... you switch, you have a 2/3 chance of winning. I think this problem has been posted here before.
    People always get this wrong. I use this example in my intro. class to show that we may not be as rational as we all take ourselves to be. Humans are notoriously poor preformers when it comes to probability. Although you should switch doors, people generally think "there's still just the two options available, so now my chances must be 50/50".
  6. Standard member lloydk
    Into the Breach!
    20 Apr '03 01:41
    Acolyte is correct (it has something to do with Bayes's Theorem) - sorry if that was a repost!
  7. 20 Apr '03 14:34
    My friend has an IQ of 156 and says that you should stick
  8. Standard member genius
    Wayward Soul
    20 Apr '03 17:13
    Originally posted by waldorf
    My friend has an IQ of 156 and says that you should stick
    well-tell him the logic behind why he shouldn't then-and remeber-I.Q. tests mean very little-were they not first initiated to see if american soldiers were intelligent enough to fire guns?...
  9. 20 Apr '03 18:19
    Originally posted by genius
    well-tell him the logic behind why he shouldn't then-and remeber-I.Q. tests mean very little-were they not first initiated to see if american soldiers were intelligent enough to fire guns?...
    if your a genius u should no
  10. Standard member genius
    Wayward Soul
    20 Apr '03 20:43
    Originally posted by King AYG
    if your a genius u should no
    genius infers inteligence, not knowledge
  11. Standard member royalchicken
    CHAOS GHOST!!!
    21 Apr '03 01:35 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by waldorf
    My friend has an IQ of 156 and says that you should stick
    Erm...a fool can say wise things and vice versa.
  12. 21 Apr '03 08:01
    Originally posted by genius
    genius infers inteligence, not knowledge
    intelegance is knowledge
  13. Standard member padfoot
    Discombobulating...
    21 Apr '03 14:10
    inteligence is not knowledge. i for instance am saying this because i know it to be true, but that does not make me inteligent in philosophical nonsense
  14. Standard member genius
    Wayward Soul
    21 Apr '03 17:53
    Originally posted by King AYG
    intelegance is knowledge
    alrity-i have absolutely no knowledge of plumbing. none whatsoever. and yet i am inteligent. how can this be?!?
  15. Standard member lloydk
    Into the Breach!
    21 Apr '03 21:54
    "Argument is argument. You cannot help paying regard to their arguments, if they are good. If it were testimony you might disregard it…Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow; the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a crossbow, which has equal force though shot by a child."

    Intelligence is recognizing the accuracy of this statement.
    Knowledge is knowing who said it.