User grardb - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-05-23T21:41:25Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/user/24495 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/99769/what-is-the-probability-of-two-people-meeting What is the probability of two people meeting? GRardB 2012-06-16T02:51:09Z 2012-06-16T03:00:50Z <p>I am trying to figure out a solution to the following problem:</p> <blockquote> <p>Let there be two groups of people, Group A and Group B. Group A represents <strong>x percent</strong> (e.g. 1%) of the world's population, and Group B represents <strong>y percent</strong> (e.g. 2%) of the world's population. What is the probability that a person from Group A will meet a person from Group B? Assume the following things:</p> <ul> <li>The average human being meets <strong>z people</strong> (e.g. 100,000) in a lifetime.</li> <li>The world's population is kept at a <strong>constant k</strong> people.</li> <li>Everyone in the world was born and will die at the same time.</li> </ul> </blockquote> <p>Disclaimer:</p> <p>I came up with this question myself, but I'm not a mathematician, so please feel free to clean this up if need be. Also, if there is not enough information in the problem to solve it, add assumptions and please indicate the reasons for adding them. The assumptions I wrote are my attempt at making the problem easier. If they are not necessary, and removing any produces a more accurate answer, then I encourage the removal of them.</p>