Need Help please :Z
Posted 10 April 2004 - 02:59 PM
the problem is this:
I have a pack of 44 cards (not playing cards). Of these 44 cards, 2 represent "Wild" or "Joker" cards, and can take any value. Of the 42 remanining, 1/3 of them have the value 1, another 1/3 has the value 2, and the third 1/3 has value 3.
14 cards represent the value 1
14 cards represent the value 2
14 cards represent the value 3
2 cards represent any value
Given that there is Y number of people playing, where 3<=Y<=6 (sorry for the bad signs, but i cant find the is bigger than or equal to etc sign), ie there is a minimum of 3 players and a maximum of 6 players, and my position in the group of people is X, where 1<=X<=Y (ie i could be first, or last, or inbetween).
Assuming the player in position 1 draws 1 card, and then player in position 2 draws 1 card and so on up to the Y'th player, and this again repeats in a circle, what is the probability that me (position X) having picked up 3 cards, has cards that represent the values 1, 2 and 3
I hope that is understandable
obviously, since there is no current values for X and Y, an exact number cannot be gained, but what im looking for is a forumula in respect to X and Y that would give me the correct probability when i input the values for x and y.
I do not know what the other players pick up...they are not shown, but this is where i am having my biggest troubles trying to fathom it out. Since i dont know what th ey have picked up, does it really change the odds of what i pick up...despite the fact that what they do pick up does actually alter the chances of me picking up a certain card.
Assuming that the wild cards were not being used, this would be a simple problem in my mind, where x and y wouldnt be important (if i am correct), but since they are being used, the chances of me picking up a wildcard changes everytime someone else draws a card.
As you can see, my brain is messed up and i would appreciate help or an answer because this has been bugging me for eternity
Posted 10 April 2004 - 03:14 PM
When i pick up a card i do know what i picked up, but i dont knwo what the other people picked up, maybe this makes it easier to work out, or makes no difference i dont know but i thought id give you the full info
Posted 13 April 2004 - 09:43 PM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 11:30 PM
the problem has been bugging me ever since
thx for trying to help and good luck
Posted 14 April 2004 - 09:06 PM
It makes me wonder. R u playing a prank. Or is whoever asked u this just having a laugh. Or are you being serious
Posted 15 April 2004 - 02:50 PM
this isnt a prank and im not being stupid
the fact there was beer involved doesnt change the problem i have
i think you will find that in life, lots of problems arise when beer is taken in
this is one of them
i REALLY need to find the answer to this puzzle because it is really annoying me. ive tried many things but so far ive hit a blank.
sorry if i gave that impression, i admit its not something i would have thought of had i not been there that night but now it just has to be answered or i will go mad
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