Try to clear your mind and answer this as quickly as possible:
In a certain tower block, half the flats have a single occupant, and half have two. How many flatmates does the average person in the tower have?
@operand I don't think so
@christianp Ah, I think I get it. Two thirds, right?
@christianp I think I know what the question is that you are asking, but I wonder about the term "the average person".
@ColinTheMathmo expected number of flatmates when picking a person at random
@christianp Indeed. With these sorts of questions it's hard to find an informal phrasing that's nevertheless accurate.
It's a nice question, though.
@ColinTheMathmo I'm happy with accepting a different answer if someone finds a different way to interpret the wording consistently.
@christianp This is part of a much longer/broader conversation wherein I find something odd, others can't see why I find it odd, and I can't see why others as as baffled as I am. I've never yet found someone who feels as I do about issue X, so it's obviously just me being weird.
I'm not complaining about he wording, I'm just ... odd.
But you knew that.
And it's a nice question.
@ColinTheMathmo I think I completely agree with you on this occasion!
2/3 of a flatmate
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