TY - JOUR
T1 - Biostatistics in the Popular Press
JF - The American Biology Teacher
SP - 429
LP - 430
DO - 10.1525/abt.2014.76.7.2
VL - 76
IS - 7
AU - ,
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Y1 - 2014/09/01
UR - http://abt.ucpress.edu/content/76/7/429.abstract
N2 - Marilyn vos Savant writes a weekly column called “Ask Marilyn” for Parade magazine. In her column of August 18, 2013, she proposed the following problem. Five cats are in a sack: two are tabbies and three are calicos. You let one cat out of the bag, but it runs up a tree before you get a chance to see its color. Then you purposely let out another cat and observe it to be a tabby. What is the probability that the cat in the tree is also a tabby? Marilyn’s answer is 1 chance in 4.Many readers wrote to Marilyn, arguing that the correct answer should be 2 out of 5 and that observing the one tabby does …
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