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Figuring out the laws of probability

Rob delves into the laws of probability in attempting to determine the occurrence of actual streaks by baseball teams.

Originally Published: February 5, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Monday, I wrote a little thing about Oakland's 20-game winning streak last season. A Topps card described the streak as "truly one in a million," but I thought their math was a bit simplistic and I said so. I also went out of my way to dissuade readers from figuring out the true odds, because I know how you like a problem you can get your hands around, and I didn't want to wade through the e-mail that would result from that.

Of course, many of you weren't dissuaded at all, but unfortunately ...

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