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27 Aug 2005 - 23:39

## Monty Hall in Curious Incident

A ktm reader (I'm sorry--I've forgotten who it was) mentioned that Mark Haddon has a nice illustration of the Monty Hall problem in his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

He does, and it's terrific:

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Wow. Carolyn's search engines are fantastic.

I searched Comments & discovered that it was Greta Frohbieter who left the tip about Curious Incident.

Thanks, Greta!

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One of the things I like about this chart is that you can see that you are 'still in the same event' from start to finish.

The reason people think the odds change from 1 in 3 to 1 in 2 is that they see the second choice (stick or change) as a secont event, with a second set of odds.

This visual representation makes you feel that the event is ongoing. You haven't changed odds because you haven't changed events.

It's the Unbearable Seamlessness of Being.

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Hey, I remember this chart from the book! It is a great description... beautifully clear.

-- CarolynJohnston - 28 Aug 2005

Colin (my stepson) had a slightly different way of looking at it that I liked. He pointed out that if you switch, the only way you can lose is if your original door had a car behind it -- something that clearly had a probability of only 1/3.

-- CarolynJohnston - 28 Aug 2005

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