The Mysterious Case of the Blue M&Ms

Published in: Chance, v. 9, no. 4, 1996, p. 19-22

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1995

by Ronald D. Fricker

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An investigation of the distribution of these candies by color. An abstract of a paper that appeared in Chance Magazine, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 19-22. In spite of the infamous pronouncement that there are 'lies, damn lies, and statistics', society has benefited from the application of statistical methodology to problems both large and small. This paper provides a demonstration of how some simple statistical tools can provide insight into the true nature of one of life's small, but oh so important problems. See also the M&M Company.

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