Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Probability question of the day 

Suppose a local newspaper has 160 employees, 20 of whom are non-white. The community in which the newspaper publishes is 95.4% white. (Area population around 80,000.) What is the probability that the employees were drawn in a colorblind fashion? (Hat tip: M. Kramm)

The relevant numbers for SCSU are 14% of about 1,350 employees, up from 10% in 2000.