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Puzzle | Chances Of Second boy Child Problem
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 04 Jan, 2018

James and Calie are a married couple.
They have two children, one of the child is a boy. Assume that the probability of each gender is 1/2.
What is the probability that the other child is also a boy?

Answer : 1/3

Solution :

This is a famous question in understanding conditional probability, which simply means that given some information you might be able to get a better estimate.



The following are possible combinations of two children that form a sample space in any earthly family:

Boy – Girl
Girl – Boy
Boy – Boy
Girl – Girl

Since we know one of the children is a boy, we will drop the girl-girl possibility from the sample space.
This leaves only three possibilities, one of which is two boys. Hence the probability is 1/3.

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