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Formula for missing person's weight from team of 5

by 20GT
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Jul19-14, 02:50 PM
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@20GT: They could assume that the weight of X at the start is the same as the average of the others, then
(summed weight loss) = 4/5 * (starting weight of 5) - (final weight of 4)

I don't see reasonable other assumptions.

@disregardthat: I don't think it is reasonable. If X is heavier than average, you get a lot of imaginary weight loss (formula gives a large result without actual weight loss of anyone).
Jul20-14, 08:53 AM
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It is more likely he he closer to the average of his group than the average of everyone since he participated in his groups initial weigh in.
Jul20-14, 11:29 AM
P: 12,023
That makes it 20% less bad (as 20% of the weight* in the average comes from him), but still problematic.

*the mathematical weight, not the one in kg.
Jul21-14, 03:04 AM
P: 10
Thanks everyone
Jul21-14, 03:08 AM
P: 10
He was taller and fatter than the rest.
2 normal looking weights
1 short fat person
1 short stocky person

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