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Probability doubt - where am i wrong?

  1. Apr 27, 2012 #1
    There is a dice where probability of obtaining a number is proportional to the number itself.
    I have done these problems and the probabilties are 1/21, 2/21,/3/21,/4/21,/5/21 and 6/21

    In a normal dice when you have to find probabilities of say, 2 and 4 we do it by favourable cases / total number of cases = 2/6 = 1/3

    But you cant apply that method in this case - i know that but why?

    Probability of 2 or 4 in this case would be 2/21 + 4/21 = 6/21
    but why cant we do this by favourable cases / total number of cases?
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  3. Apr 27, 2012 #2


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    hi jd12345! :smile:
    that formula only applies when each case is equally likely :wink:
  4. Apr 30, 2012 #3


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    Check the three drawbacks of "Classical" definition.
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