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A Commentary on Mel Rutherford's 'On the Use and Misuse of the "Two Children" Brainteaser'

  • Maya Bar-Hillel
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    Rutherford (2010) criticizes the way some people have analyzed the 2-children problem, claiming (correctly) that slight nuances in the problem's formulation can change the correct answer. However, his own data demonstrate that even when there is a unique correct answer, participants give intuitive answers that differ from it systematically -- replicating the data reported by those he criticizes. Thus, his critique reduces to an admonition to use care in formulating and analyzing this brainteaser -- which is always a good idea -- but contributes little to what is known, analytically or empirically, about the 2-children problem.

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    Paper provided by The Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem in its series Discussion Paper Series with number dp551.

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    Length: 8 pages
    Date of creation: May 2010
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    Publication status: Published in Pragmatics and Cognition, 18(1), 175-179.
    Handle: RePEc:huj:dispap:dp551
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