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Cold-Eyed Triage Nurses In High-Heeled Boots by Angel Obregon Forced into a Lesbian encounter in the fitting room. [Rated R] [2,527 words]
The Way To Bet
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Destiny
The Death Reader
Early One Morning
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Lavender Moon
Sweet Angela
Iridescent Imagery
Christmas Shopping
It's Been There...
Burnt Out
Stolen
Tinfoil Memories
A Pang of Pity
The Way It Ends
Miss America
Don't Ask
Obsession
Tales from the Altar
Waves
In the Cards
Billy
Looking At Me
The Gift
Suspension of Disbelief
Bingo Blood
The Belief
Aunt Rose's Revenge
Lytle Creek Trek
Utter Untruths
Protect and Serve
The Figure
The Last Tenant
Into the Knight
Salugi at Starbucks
The Parent Hunt
The Last Laugh
Mother's Day
The Cop
The Red Eagle
The Grand Old Party
Lacy and the Bear
Locusts
Unconfessed Sins
Rules of Civil Procedure
Do Unto Others
A Stranger Dressed Black
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Coping
Sniper Hunt, A Collection
The Slayer
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TITLE (EDIT)
The Way To Bet
DESCRIPTION
The horrible result of reading a book called The Pleasures of Probability by Richard Isaac.
[1,035 words]
AUTHOR
Angel Obregon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The horrible result of reading a book called The Pleasures Of Probability
[September 2005]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (8)
Cold-Eyed Triage Nurses In High-Heeled Boots (Short Stories) Forced into a Lesbian encounter in the fitting room. [Rated R] [2,527 words]
Deposit Three Billion Dollars For The Next Two Minutes (Short Stories) This is the horrible result of watching 3 X-FILES re-runs in a single afternoon. It's a treatment for a TV series about alien abduction. Key words - faster than light radio (the EPR effect), time-trav... [2,931 words]
Dreamwalk (Screenplays) Paco and Jesus (call him Jesse, it makes him happy) are twin brothers. They hate each other. Jesse has the kind of diabetes that turns your kidneys to fibreboard. He needs a transplant. Paco says no. ... [15,540 words]
Hard Street (Screenplays) It's the satire play to A Little Original Sin, about the circumstances in which it was written. This is what should have happened. [17,998 words]
Murder Considered As One Of The Fine Arts (Novels) A novella. The title says it all. I wanted to call it Lesbian Vampires Of Brooklyn Heights, but readers might get annoyed because it has nothing to do with the story. [22,607 words]
Opium (Screenplays) This one is an upscale Natural Born Killers. You'll love it or hate it. This has been getting more play than any of my other scripts. Please tell me why you like it. Revised March 2002. [14,762 words]
Savage Grace (Screenplays) It starts out, as many detective stories do, with an eerily beautiful woman giving him an assignment that doesn’t quite make sense: To track down a man missing and presumed dead who turns up dangerous... [17,572 words]
The Last Swan (Screenplays) A promising drug for the treatment of breast cancer is passed over because there wouldn't be enough profit in it's development. A girl researcher steals the data and runs, but she can't get anyone to ... [20,646 words]
The Way To Bet
Angel Obregon

         "The race is not always to the swift,
      nor the battle to the strong, but
      that's the way to bet" -- Ring Lardner
          
          
     Evil John had wrecked the hydrofoil on a submerged clump
     of cypress roots and rather than risk an argument I shot
     him. An alligator with a groupie stare took him tenderly
     by the leg and dragged him lovingly into deeper water. Evil
     John took it all very badly. Very Badly. His problem was
     that he lacked a sense of history.
          
     I slung the flight bag full of cocaine and was 10 yards
     into the cypress swamp when I meet this bone-white Cuban
     kid wearing 15th century Spanish armor, only made of turtle
     shells with armadillo hides for the elbow joints. He said
     his name was Ponce de Leon which is believable since I can
     understand him and the brand of Spanish they taught me in
     highschool hadn't been spoken in 500 years.
          
     On the table were 3 goblets (they're better at Faber's),
     1 contained water from the fountain of youth and the
     other 2 contained tasteless odorless poisons for which
     there was no antidote And he put forth the following
     proposition: I could drink from 1 (or more) of the
     goblets or take my chances with the swamp.
          
     I thought of getting him in a blindingly painful Aikido
     lock I had learned in the advanced marketing course at
     Wharton, but he had me covered so I said.
     
               "Too simple. Suppose I choose a goblet and
                then,before I drink you remove 1 goblet and
                let change me my choice to the 1 remaining."
                              
                    He knew it was a trick, but he didn't see how and
     didn't want to admit it so, he said:
                         
               "So what?, the odds are still 2 to 1 against you
                which ever goblet you pick."
                              
                    "No, they're not. Since the odds are
           2 to 1 that I choose the wrong goblet,
                switching goblets improves my chances
                     of winning from 1/3 to 2/3."
               
                    Ponce de Leon, gallant old fellow that he is, tried
     to shake it off like a punch. He's clearly upset.
     
               "That doesn't make sense.
               

2
               
               "Of course it does. Let's describe a typical
                outcome of the game by a 4-tuple: (u,v,w,x)
                where {u} is the goblet I choose, {v} is the
                goblet you remove, {w} is the goblet I
                switch to and {x} stands for {W} or {L}
                meaning: whether I win or lose.
                    
                For example, the 4-tuple (1,2,3,L} stands for:
                I chose goblet number 1, you remove goblet number
                1(the one with water from the fountain of youth),
                I switch to goblet number 3 (the only one left)
                and I get killed because it's poison. The sample
                space can be written
                       S = {(1,2,3,L), (1,3,2,L), (3,2,1, W) "
                         
          "Wait a minute."
                    
               "No, consider the entire sample space of all
                possible outcomes: Let's say that your initial
                choice isgoverned by the uniform probability
                distribution:each of the doors has probability
                = 1/3. Now go back and look at S.
               
                You are initially going to choose door 2 with,
                say, probability = 1/3. The only outcome in
                with 3 in the 1st position is (2,3,1,W). So,
                we must assign probability =1/3 to this outcome.
                    
                               By a simple change of variable, I am going to
                choose 3 with probability 1/3. and the outcome
                in S corresponding to this sequence is
                (3,2,1,W) and this outcome is also assigned
                probability = 1/3.
     
                But in S, if I choose 1, I lose and I can
                lose in 2 distinct ways. Our reasoning
                here is that the event you initially
                choose goblet 1
                              E(1) = {(1,2,3,L), (1,3,2,L)
                has probability 1/3. Without further
                assumptions the probabilities of the
                individual events (1,2,3,L) and (1,3,2,L)
                are not uniquely determined. But for our
                problem these probabilities are irrelevant
                as we now see.
          
                For let P(1,2,3,L) = a, P(1,3,2,L) = b
                where a + b = 1/3. The event I am interested
                in is E(I win) = {(2,3,1),(3,2,1)}
                From the rules: P(I win)=1/3 + 1/3=2/3
                And what's more, P(I lose) = 1/3


     3
     
                              
                So this answers our question--according to our
                assumptions about the game, switching choices
                gives you probability 2/3 of winning and 1/3
                of losing"
     
               "Wait, there are 2 outcomes, you get killed or
                you dont."
     
               "Calculate it out, it isn't that complicated.
                Consider the set of 4-tuples."
                              
               "No. If you choose the right goblet and switch,
                you get killed. If you a wrong goblet, I remove
                the right one and when you switch it has to be
                the other wrong one because it's the only one
                left and again you get killed. If you switch,
                                you get killed every time. Your probability
                of success = 0."
                                   
                "Well, yes. I had assumed that you removed a
                 goblet at random. I should have said that.
                                 And, if you do, the probability drops to 2
                 times 1/6 = 1/3. Calculate it again."
     
     He sharpened a flamingo feather, dipped it in berry juice
     and started scratching calculations.
          
               "It still doesn't work. If you choose 2 then
                there are 2 outcomes, not 1: S ={(2,3, 1,W),
                (2,1,3,L)}"
                     
               "Well, yes, you have to add the assumption
                that the goblet you remove is of those
                with poison in it."
                         
                "In that case, it's obvious!"
     
     He had been absent mindedly sipping at goblet 3 and he
     now fell over dead. That brought the odds down to even
     money. It was too good to pass up. I grabbed the middle
     goblet and gulped.
          
                              Leslie
                I didn't know you went to Wharton.
     
                              David
               I had no defense against my parents fantasies.
      
      

 

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