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Statistical Curiosity......

Post by Mid A 15 » Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:47 pm

Given that there are many Old Blues NOT registered or posting on the forum, how weird is it that there appear to be no fewer than 3 posters who once held the House number Barnes B 25?
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Post by cstegerlewis » Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:48 pm

I thought that when I first added my sig!
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Post by Richard Ruck » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:00 pm

I really must stay in more..... :wink:
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Post by Mid A 15 » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:04 pm

Richard Ruck wrote:I really must stay in more..... :wink:
In my job you are trained to be observant and having browsed the house number thread I happened to see a post on another thread from Craig shortly afterwards :)

I am a bit of an anorak though at times if I'm honest!
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Post by Richard Ruck » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:06 pm

Off topic, but just to amuse Mid A 15 - I was at the checkout in Waitrose on Saturday, when the young bloke on the till suddenly piped up:

"Sorry, but has anyone ever told you that you look like Alan Titchmarsh?" ...

I think there's a conspiracy here somewhere.
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Post by Mid A 15 » Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:06 pm

Richard Ruck wrote:Off topic, but just to amuse Mid A 15 - I was at the checkout in Waitrose on Saturday, when the young bloke on the till suddenly piped up:

"Sorry, but has anyone ever told you that you look like Alan Titchmarsh?" ...

I think there's a conspiracy here somewhere.
Excellent! :lol: :lol:
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Post by sejintenej » Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:21 pm

Richard Ruck wrote:Off topic, but just to amuse Mid A 15 - I was at the checkout in Waitrose on Saturday, when the young bloke on the till suddenly piped up:

"Sorry, but has anyone ever told you that you look like Alan Titchmarsh?" ...

I think there's a conspiracy here somewhere.
I wouldn't have thought you looked that much like him. Yes, you do have a lump on top of your thorax and two long thinnish things on the base of your abdomen - just like him, but the rest?

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Post by Vonny » Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:39 pm

Richard Ruck wrote:Off topic, but just to amuse Mid A 15 - I was at the checkout in Waitrose on Saturday, when the young bloke on the till suddenly piped up:

"Sorry, but has anyone ever told you that you look like Alan Titchmarsh?" ...
I can't believe you've just admitted that on the forum :shock: :lol: Not after all the stick you got from (some of) us a while back :lol:
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Post by matthew » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:06 pm

Mid A 15 wrote:Given that there are many Old Blues NOT registered or posting on the forum, how weird is it that there appear to be no fewer than 3 posters who once held the House number Barnes B 25?
Less weird than you might imagine. :)

It's a similar situation to the well known 'birthday paradox': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_paradox.

Working out exactly *how* weird it is would be a little tougher. You only have one birthday, but many of us have had more than one house number.

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Post by wurzel » Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:08 am

On the birthday front in LH myself and tim (veggie) shared exactly the same b'day and there a guy 1 year above with the same b'day as well. 3 out of 50 must be quite high odds

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Post by Katharine » Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:56 pm

I remember teaching probability theory to a class and explaining the birthday paradox. It was a fairly small group as some were on a field trip, I asked whether there was a coincidence - not only was there one in the class as a whole but both girls were there, AND they shared August 23rd as a birthday - which is mine and Mrs C's (not that I knew her then!). Thus there were three of us with the same birthday and less than 20 people in the room.
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Post by sejintenej » Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:54 pm

Katharine wrote:I remember teaching probability theory to a class and explaining the birthday paradox. It was a fairly small group as some were on a field trip, I asked whether there was a coincidence - not only was there one in the class as a whole but both girls were there, AND they shared August 23rd as a birthday - which is mine and Mrs C's (not that I knew her then!). Thus there were three of us with the same birthday and less than 20 people in the room.
OK, so a couple of teasers for you - all absolutely true.

I'd never been to the dogs before but had to go with a party from my wife's work. Put a bit on a dog in the first race and it won. Ditto up to race 6. Race 7 I didn't bet on because I was not happy with the form. Won on race 8 and 9 but race 10 was like race 7 - no bet. Yes - I was using a "system" based on info published in London's evening newspaper (The Standard). What are those odds for 8 wins in 8 races? (It did pay for the evening beer and entrance.

I think it was the Financial Times which discovered that "claimed to be purely by chance) al-Bank al-Saudi al-Alami in London had well over 100 employees of which over 80% had the same star sign.

Where I worked (and we didn't consider it in interviews) out of about 60 staff five or so did NOT have one of two star signs (ie 55 out of 60 shared one of two star signs - which were not the same as the bank in the previous para

Methinks as odds are very odd!
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Post by J.R. » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:06 pm

sejintenej wrote:
Katharine wrote:I remember teaching probability theory to a class and explaining the birthday paradox. It was a fairly small group as some were on a field trip, I asked whether there was a coincidence - not only was there one in the class as a whole but both girls were there, AND they shared August 23rd as a birthday - which is mine and Mrs C's (not that I knew her then!). Thus there were three of us with the same birthday and less than 20 people in the room.
OK, so a couple of teasers for you - all absolutely true.

I'd never been to the dogs before but had to go with a party from my wife's work. Put a bit on a dog in the first race and it won. Ditto up to race 6. Race 7 I didn't bet on because I was not happy with the form. Won on race 8 and 9 but race 10 was like race 7 - no bet. Yes - I was using a "system" based on info published in London's evening newspaper (The Standard). What are those odds for 8 wins in 8 races? (It did pay for the evening beer and entrance.

I think it was the Financial Times which discovered that "claimed to be purely by chance) al-Bank al-Saudi al-Alami in London had well over 100 employees of which over 80% had the same star sign.

Where I worked (and we didn't consider it in interviews) out of about 60 staff five or so did NOT have one of two star signs (ie 55 out of 60 shared one of two star signs - which were not the same as the bank in the previous para

Methinks as odds are very odd!
I understand that the odds on ALL the dogs losing in North Korea are quite high ! :lol:
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Post by Rory » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:16 am

wurzel wrote:On the birthday front in LH myself and tim (veggie) shared exactly the same b'day and there a guy 1 year above with the same b'day as well. 3 out of 50 must be quite high odds
nothing odd there - I have the same birthday as my brother - except 2 years apart - maybe our parents only did it once a year ????

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Post by Katharine » Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:37 am

Rory wrote:
wurzel wrote:On the birthday front in LH myself and tim (veggie) shared exactly the same b'day and there a guy 1 year above with the same b'day as well. 3 out of 50 must be quite high odds
nothing odd there - I have the same birthday as my brother - except 2 years apart - maybe our parents only did it once a year ????
My two brothers shared a birthday - but they were 3 years apart. (I was 13 months younger than the younger one so they must have forgotten the right date!! :oops: :oops: )
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