The n-Children Problem
Mathematical Association of America
College Mathematics Journal
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In 1959, Martin Gardner posed the Two-Children Problem and provided its solution. He later corrected his solution due to the ambiguity involved in the procedure of obtaining the given information. In 2010, Gary Foshee posed a generalization of Gardner’s problem by involving a second condition beyond gender, namely the birth-day of the week. This article generalizes the Two-Children Problem to n children with m conditions, and gives a formula to compute this probability under one explicit procedure of obtaining the given information.
Engbers, John and Hammett, Adam, "The n-Children Problem" (2019). Mathematical and Statistical Science Faculty Research and Publications. 132.