Probability

@raulgc01 (306)
Philippines
August 23, 2007 12:54am CST
When you flip a coin, the odds of getting head is 50%, for tail, is also 50%. Suppose a series of flips resulted to ten (10) consecutive heads, what is the probability that the next flip is still a head? Some says its still 50% some says not.
2 responses
@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
23 Aug 07
Lol, i ask you to take this response in the humouristic way it is delivered, though maybe a bit tough. This question really makes me laugh and got me thinking of what on earth is goin on here, have you not got anything else to worry or wonder about, you must be a very lucky man/woman. No wonder this world is heading the way it is, lol. Answer to your question is the coin still has a 50- 50 % chance of landing on the head. I come to this conclussion as maths is simple and the simple answer is the one i gave. To make a possibility calculation is way harder work, tho possible. It is the human mind that find this simplicity difficult.
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@raulgc01 (306)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
if you say, it is still 50%, so it means the previous flips were disregarded, if this is so why is it that its very seldom to have five consecutive flips or even three consecutive flips with heads. does this not follow that there is a lesser chance to get heads for the sixth or fourth flip?
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• Denmark
25 Aug 07
Hahaha, this is a continious discussion, like the screw with no end :) or the what came first one.
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@MyoanBiz (140)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I've used this line of rational when playing the roulette wheel. EVERY flip is a 50-50 chance. After your 10 flips the ODDS of an 11th like flip get proportionately reduced even though there's still a 50-50 chance. Did that make sense?
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@raulgc01 (306)
• Philippines
26 Aug 07
You'll enjoy Baccarat more, where the odds are almost 50-50, with a very small house advantage of 1.15%, compared to American roulette's 5.36%. i opened the discussion on flipping a coin because of baccarat, its like playing on Player or Banker.