26. Fisher and the Lady Tasting Tea (1935)

  1. Prakash Gorroochurn

Published Online: 7 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch26

Classic Problems of Probability

Classic Problems of Probability

How to Cite

Gorroochurn, P. (2012) Fisher and the Lady Tasting Tea (1935), in Classic Problems of Probability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118314340.ch26

Author Information

  1. Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118063255

Online ISBN: 9781118314340



  • Fisher and the Lady Tasting Tea (1935), on the M or the T being poured;
  • true states T and M, the lady responding with probabilities p1 and p2;
  • probability based on a hypergeometric probability distribution;
  • the Lady's response in Fisher's tea-tasting experiment;
  • hypergeometric distribution, and de Moivre's De Mensura Sortis


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