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A Problem With Pearls

Probability puzzles require you to weigh all the possibilities and pick the most likely outcome.

 

Puzzle ID:#48356
Fun:*** (2.79)
Difficulty:** (1.31)
Category:Probability
Submitted By:No_Eyed_Fshtau****
Corrected By:b2b9800

 

 

 



"I'm a very rich man, so I've decided to give you some of my fortune. Do you see this bag? I have 5001 pearls inside it. 2501 of them are white, and 2500 of them are black. No, I am not racist. I'll let you take out any number of pearls from the bag without looking. If you take out the same number of black and white pearls, I will reward you with a number of gold bars equivalent to the number of pearls you took."

How many pearls should you take out to give yourself a good number of gold bars while still retaining a good chance of actually getting them?



Answer

Take out 5000 pearls. If the remaining pearl is white, then you've won 5000 gold bars!
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Comments

braingle100tus*
Jan 03, 2011

'no I a not racist.' LOL
No_Eyed_Fshtau*
Jan 03, 2011

This teaser was used in my recent WTB game, The Riddle Shop. No, it is not a riddle.
BrainBoggler*
Jan 13, 2011

easy................ if that was me, i would have been sooooooooooooooooooooooooo rich!!!!!
Stack1607A*
Jan 15, 2011

great teaser!



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