RE: Small probabilities

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Mon Nov 07 2005 - 16:28:15 EST

I really do not know how you would go about performing such an






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Behalf Of Don Winterstein
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 2:57 PM
To:; Bill Hamilton
Subject: Re: Small probabilities


The probability of picking a point is one. The probability of picking a
specific point is zero.





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        From: Bill Hamilton <>


        Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 6:01 AM

        Subject: Small probabilities


        I read Dembski's response to Henry Morris
        and noted that it raised an old issue I've harped on before:
that you can
        specify a probability below which chance is eliminated. There is
        counterexample given (among other places) in Davenport and
Root's book "Random
        Signals and Noise" (McGraw Hill, probably sometime in the early
60's) that goes
        like this:
        Draw a line 1 inch long. Randomly pick a single point on that
line. The
        probability of picking any point on the line is identically
zero. Yet a point
        is picked. Am I missing something?
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