Right now, this question is marked for closing as a duplicate of this one. Yet the titles and subjects are totally different at first glance - and someone searching for something similar will have little hope of finding this.

Of course, a little thought makes us realize both are about analyzing coincidences. But we don't have such a tag (at least, I could not find one) and neither of the two questions is really canonical.

Should we have some question such as "How can one analyze the probability of coincidences?" ? Or should we just add a tag?


We should definitely have a canonical answer since these questions crop up all the time. I wrote the answer linked above, the intention was that it could be used as canonical answer, and has been used as dup target at least once. So if a better one is wanted ...

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    $\begingroup$ I think the issue is that we need a better question. Something like "How can coincidences be analyzed using statistics and probability?" (although maybe not exactly that). $\endgroup$ – Peter Flom Sep 19 '18 at 13:28
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    $\begingroup$ Could you try to write that? $\endgroup$ – kjetil b halvorsen Sep 19 '18 at 13:29
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    $\begingroup$ I think what I have is a good first draft. Maybe others will have suggestions for improving it. $\endgroup$ – Peter Flom Sep 19 '18 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ @PeterFlom, you could just post the question, & people could comment &/or edit as needed. $\endgroup$ – gung Sep 19 '18 at 15:13

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