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Haven't opened the link but IIRC it's about 25-30. Then at about a 95% chance it's around 40

Of course to have a 100% chance you need at least 367 people - one for each day of the year plus one more.
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Opened the link - a couple fewer than I thought. and 95% was 48.

Really cool piece of stats. Frequently used by Maths teachers to impress their classes.
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Has anyone actually tested this out for real?

I get the logic but still struggle to see that if in reality if you grouped together a number of times 23 people that reality will match the logic used.
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Has anyone actually tested this out for real?

I get the logic but still struggle to see that if in reality if you grouped together a number of times 23 people that reality will match the logic used.
I actually just started learning Japanese here in Japan. At the entrance, we had about 80 people line up according to birthday. I would say there was about 7 or 8 that had the same birthday and two sets of three people with the same birthday.

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I actually just started learning Japanese here in Japan. At the entrance, we had about 80 people line up according to birthday. I would say there was about 7 or 8 that had the same birthday and two sets of three people with the same birthday.
Interesting and perhaps more than expected but if yiu are at a college could you randomly go and get 10 sets of 23 people and see whether you get 5 of the groups to have two people sharing the same birthday?

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I was on a train with 10 friends on a day out, and not one of us had the same birth month, which i thought was kind of freaky.
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Has anyone actually tested this out for real?

I get the logic but still struggle to see that if in reality if you grouped together a number of times 23 people that reality will match the logic used.
As I inferred above, a maths teacher at my school used to do it every year. It certainly works.
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I know a lot of BBS Members don't advertise their birthday, but out of 6,944 members I would think at least 25% would. (Just look at this thread for example).

That would be a data base of 1,736 known birthdays. Divide that by the magic 23 and you get 75 sub-sets.

My fuzzy logic is that would mean at least 150 BBS members would have a birthday today (a minimum of 2 per 23 sub-set), yet the forums page shows there are only 5.

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I worked in an office of 9 people before and 3 of us shared the same birthday.
About 20 years apart in age but unusual nonetheless.
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I know a lot of BBS Members don't advertise their birthday, but out of 6,944 members I would think at least 25% would. (Just look at this thread for example).

That would be a data base of 1,736 known birthdays. Divide that by the magic 23 and you get 75 sub-sets.

My fuzzy logic is that would mean at least 150 BBS members would have a birthday today (a minimum of 2 per 23 sub-set), yet the forums page shows there are only 5.

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Fuzzy Logic.... so let me check 150 *365 = 1736 or 54750........ Ok stage further its 5 so possible that two subsets could be fine but that leaves the chances for 145 people to have the same birthday a little shorter
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Haven't opened the link but IIRC it's about 25-30. Then at about a 95% chance it's around 40

Of course to have a 100% chance you need at least 367 people - one for each day of the year plus one more.
Even a million people in the same room wouldn't give you a 100% chance (although it would be crowded )
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Haven't opened the link but IIRC it's about 25-30. Then at about a 95% chance it's around 40

Of course to have a 100% chance you need at least 367 people - one for each day of the year plus one more.
Having 367 people in a room wouldn’t give you a 100% chance of matching your birthday

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The original problem was any two the same, not someone else the same as you which is a) very different and b) the way we intuit the (wrong) answer.
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Remember reading this at the time, World Cup squads are perfect as there are 23 players in each one, in the 2014 the number of teams with 2 or more players with the same birthday was indeed 50%, I'm the same as you I just can't believe it would actually work out but seemingly it does

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Remember reading this at the time, World Cup squads are perfect as there are 23 players in each one, in the 2014 the number of teams with 2 or more players with the same birthday was indeed 50%, I'm the same as you I just can't believe it would actually work out but seemingly it does

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Good article to illustrate and explain it
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Since I didn't see an article related to the birthday stats of this year's World Cup squads, I did it myself. Of the 32 teams, 16 have two players with the same birthday. Poland takes the title with 4 sets of players with the same birthday. (all different ages, though) Portugal has three sets of players and Morocco and Brazil have two sets of players with the same birthday.
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