Jar asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 1 decade ago

probability of same date of birth (Day and month)?

what is the probability of meeting some one randomly at a Mall or business place and finding the person has the same month and day of birth.

Should it be 1 /365 = 0.00273973 or we need to take into consideration the population present in the mall or business place?

Update:

Is there any database from any agency in USA or worldwide that reveals which is the mod (mostly occurring) day of birth in a year. Will http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Census have this information publicly available.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Technically, it is 1/365 at a mall or anywhere, but... take into account that more people will want to make love around Christmastime, New Years, Valentine's Day, a birthday, etc.

  • 1 decade ago

    for your question, yes we do need to know the number of people at this place

    consider this

    the odds of someone having the same birth date in a room of 25

    at a glace you would think 25/365, no??

    but

    thats the odds of one of the people in the room to have the same birth date as you

    so take all possible pairings in the room

    use the formula for combinations

    25C2 = 25! / (2!(25 - 2)!) = 25 * 24 / 2 = 300 possible pairings

    the odds for any one of those pairings to have the same birthdate is 1/365, so do 1/365 * 300 = 300/365 = 82% chance

    summary, take a room of 25 people, there's an 82% chance of two having the same birthdate

  • fcas80
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    1/365 is the probability that a single person has the same birthday as you.

  • Joe
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    if it's a random sample (as stated in your quesiton), then the probability is as you stated, 1/365

    good luck

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