
View Poll Results: If you choose an answer to this question at random, what is the chance you will be correct?  
25%  3  20.00%  
50%  8  53.33%  
66%  2  13.33%  
25%  2  13.33%  
Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll 

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20180211, 15:04  #1 
6809 > 6502
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Aug 2003
101×103 Posts
23574_{8} Posts 
If you choose an answer at random
Discuss

20180211, 16:14  #2 
Jul 2003
Behind BB
3·587 Posts 

20180211, 17:15  #3 
Sep 2003
5·11·47 Posts 
Is correctness positional or numerical?

20180211, 17:18  #4 
Basketry That Evening!
"Bunslow the Bold"
Jun 2011
40<A<43 89<O<88
3·29·83 Posts 
Define "correct".

20180213, 14:50  #5 
6809 > 6502
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Aug 2003
101×103 Posts
2^{2}×7×19^{2} Posts 
Sometimes ambiguous, misleading, or poorly worded questions are par for the course. And sometimes that is intentional.....
Last fiddled with by Uncwilly on 20180213 at 14:52 
20180213, 15:09  #6 
Undefined
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
2·23·137 Posts 

20180214, 00:19  #7 
"William"
May 2003
New Haven
23×103 Posts 
As retina has observed, we are not asked about our answer being correct, but about ourselves being correct. SWMBO say I am always wrong, so I'm never correct. 0%.

20180214, 09:43  #8 
Romulan Interpreter
"name field"
Jun 2011
Thailand
2^{4}·613 Posts 
Actually, the right counterquestion is "define random pick". I can randomly pick a number between 0 and 100, or I can randomly pick a number from the set {25, 50, 66} or I can randomly pick one of the four answers (which means pick a number in the set {1, 2, 3, 4}) and my "righteousness" (wow! this is actually a word, it is not underlined with the curly red line which we hate so much!) will be every time different. Now, if you try each of them a million times, only one will fit.
This question appeared "decades" ago in an IQ test and it sparkled a lot of debate at the time. Last fiddled with by LaurV on 20180214 at 09:43 
20180214, 13:59  #9 
"Kieren"
Jul 2011
In My Own Galaxy!
10158_{10} Posts 
OK.
Assume that there is a single designated correct answer. The content of the answer is irrelevant. Substitute A, B, C, D for the answers Chance is 25% Conclusion: I voted wrongly at 50% 
20180214, 14:31  #10  
Feb 2017
Nowhere
5^{3}×41 Posts 
Quote:
That quibble aside, I'll consider it, purely for the sake of discussion, as a generic multiplechoice question with 4 choices. SOP for multiplechoice questions is that there is only one correct answer. So if two of the alternatives are identical, both are wrong. In a 4choice question, this would leave two possible answers. Selecting one of these two possibilities at random would mean a 50% chance of choosing the correct answer. Curiously, 50% is one of the answers on offer. Last fiddled with by Dr Sardonicus on 20180214 at 14:33 Reason: correcting wrong word, typos 

20180214, 14:34  #11  
"Kieren"
Jul 2011
In My Own Galaxy!
2·3·1,693 Posts 
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