Panini stickers, birthdays and a collision problem
Written on 29 January 2014, 05:16pm
Tagged with: maths, probabilities, wikipedia, wolfram alpha
1. Some princesses
Recently I bought a Panini sticker album with Frozen. I know, but I like animated movies and it reminded me of the time when I was collecting and trading stickers myself ðŸ™‚
Some notes: In theory, you should not have any duplicate in a pack of 5 stickers.
Also, all the 192 stickers have the same representation in the envelopes. From my past experience, I know that’s not true. Even after swapping stickers with friends, some of the stickers were impossible to find.
Prices are pack of 5 stickers – 0.6â‚¬, 50 stickers 6â‚¬, 250 stickers – 30â‚¬.
2. The Birthday problem
So, I wanted to play a bit with the probabilities involved in this little collection game. The starting point was the Birthday problem, and the apparent paradox that in a class of 23 students, the probability of having 2 students with the same birthday is 50%.
The formula to find this probability is:
(more…)
 Likes (1)
 Comments (1)

Share