# Yachtzee involving Mathematical Probabilities...

 Emeritus Sci Advisor PF Gold P: 16,091 The game doesn't care about order - 12345 is as much of a large straight as 51423. The thing to realize is that, if you ignore order, you do not have a uniform distribution. The probability of a "good" outcome is not the number of good outcomes vs the total number of possible outcomes. For example, the (unordered) result 12345 occurs with probability 1.5% whereas the (unordered) result 11111 occurs with probability .013%. When computing probabilities, you should take order into account somewhere in the analysis, so you can take advantage of the fact the ordered outcomes are uniformly distributed. A typical approach might be to determine the # of outcomes ignoring order, then use that to get the # of outcomes not ignoring order.
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 Quote by R043482/Fenix I've received other responses that talks about how when order is ignored
responses? :P

 Quote by R043482/Fenix I've used your input and some others on the http://www.physicsforums.com
Some others? :P

 Quote by R043482/Fenix I hope you weren't one of the people there who responded to the same question I asked
You mean that you hope I wasn't the only person to respond to the same question :P

I wondered why you were still asking me questions when you'd apparently got lots of help here. Hehe.

And no, I'm not Hurkyl :P
I used to visit these forums a bit, though I barely posted. I only came back here because you mentioned them.

EDIT> I just realised that I'm logged on with a new account which only had 1 post before this one.
I guess I forgot my password sometime and reregistered :P
I'm Asimir, in case you didn't realise.

 P: 9 Yachtzee involving Mathematical Probabilities... Duh, it was obvious. And you believe this is the only other forum, I've asked? Well, you're right. But I've asked many people in real life, mostly my friends, and other students about the problem. Not only that, but I've even tried an old mathematics teacher who once taught me in highschool, and a math professor about it. So what do you have to say to that, Asimir?
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My response to that is
 Quote by R043482 I've used your input and some others on the http://www.physicsforums.com
:P

Also that we should stop spamming now :P

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