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    probabillity of word positions in texts

    Hi everyone.
    Please excuse this stupid question but here it is anyway:

    What are the chances of the following occourring in a book?


    On page 8,
    of line 8
    the 8th word
    has 8 letters and
    the 8th letter of that word
    is 8th in the abc (H)

    How would you work out the possibillities?

    Would such a thing be considered a string of coincidences?

    hope this makes sense.

    beat regards to all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chukabuka View Post
    Hi everyone.
    Please excuse this stupid question but here it is anyway:

    What are the chances of the following occourring in a book?


    On page 8,
    of line 8
    the 8th word
    has 8 letters and
    the 8th letter of that word
    is 8th in the abc (H)

    How would you work out the possibillities?

    Would such a thing be considered a string of coincidences?

    hope this makes sense.

    beat regards to all.


    This is (more or less) the same as a random word in a book having 8 letters and the last one being an "h".

    You would estimate this by taking a sample of books, selecting random words and if they have eight letters ending with "h" count that a success.

    The the estimate of the probability would he the ratio of the number of successes to the number of words tested.

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    thanks

    thank you for the help.

    What are the chances? as a matter on interest?

    regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by chukabuka View Post
    thank you for the help.

    What are the chances? as a matter on interest?

    regards
    Without doing the experiment I can't say, and I don't have the time to do the experiment as most of my free time at present is taken up with my own reseach programme

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