Suppose there are 10 different pairs of socks in a drawer. In other words, there are 20 singleton socks in total in the drawer. I randomly pick 2 socks out from the drawer. What is the probability that the 2 socks that I picked out is a matching pair?
My answer to this question is 1/2. But I am not sure if what I have done is correct because 1/2 seems quite unbelievable.
My interpretation is this:
To get one particular pair of sock, I need this:
Since there are 20 socks in the drawer and I am picking 2 out of it, I take .
But is this correct?
ohh yeah... Now that when you mention the 10ways to pick versus the total 190 ways, it makes sense.
Somehow, I am having this tendency to think of this problem being able to solve with the binomial distribution kind of technique, where I formulate the probability for one set of success and then multiply by the number of possible permutated ways. This was what I thought to get my earlier answer.
Hello, xEnOn!
Suppose there are 10 different pairs of socks in a drawer.
In other words, there are 20 singleton socks in total in the drawer.
I randomly pick 2 socks out from the drawer.
What is the probability that the 2 socks that I picked out is a matching pair?
In your first draw, you can get ANY sock (it doesn't matter).
Of the remaining 19 socks, how many match the first sock?
Then what is the probability of a matching pair?