Friday, February 08, 2008

It's almost impossible

CBS News reports:
Another sign of just how close the Democratic race is: Both Clinton and Obama received 6,001 votes in the city of Syracuse, according to preliminary results. According to Syracuse University mathematics professor Hyune-Ju Kim, the odds of that happening are less than one in one million. "It's almost impossible," Kim said.
His math is wrong. There is at least one chance in a thousand of such a tie in Syracuse, depending on your assumptions. With a lot of cities voting, ties like this are not so surprising.

Update: This statistician also explains it.

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