## Re: Meier on Thomas & the Synoptics (was Re: [Synoptic-L] Special Mark?)

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• ... Lacking precise data handily, here s a back of the envelope computation. Say you have 10 equally sized sets of sayings and you pick sayings at random.
Message 1 of 1 , Oct 9, 2003
> then ensured
> she included something from everything - what are the odds of that?!

Lacking precise data handily, here's a back of the envelope computation.

Say you have 10 equally sized sets of sayings and you pick sayings
at random. Each time you pick, the odds are .9 that some particular
strand doesn't get picked from. The odds that a particular strand never
gets picked from if you select 100 sayings would be .9**100, or
about .000027. Multiply by 10 to get an approximation of
the odds that any one of the ten doesn't get one, and you get

Thus my back of the envelope computation indicates that
it would almost be certain that Thomas, if he was picking
sayings at something resembling random from the various
strands, would include sayings from all the strands.

><> Jeffrey Glen Jackson, son of Albert, son of George, son of <><
><> Henry, son of Miles, son of Randolph, son of Ephraim, son of <><
><> Thomas, son of John, son of Thomas, .... sonne of Jack. <><
mailto:jeff@... http://www.jeff-jackson.com

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