QuoteDenk, you are trying to make a simple situation out of my complicated ethnic heritage.No, really, I was just having fun with the math. I believe that the whole concept of saying "1/4 Black" is silly in so many ways - mostly because it devalues the "Black" attribute - as if there's this thing that's pure "whiteness", and everything else is a dilution.

Denk, you are trying to make a simple situation out of my complicated ethnic heritage.

Just to be a total dork - it's impossible to be "10% black", as the original poster wrote, isn't it?Consider this a Logic Game:I believe that it's only possible to be this fraction:1 / (x ^ 2), where x >= 0.In order words, you can only be 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 black, etc... Ok - that's it -- with a mistake like that you shouldn't go to law school.

Quote from: denk on May 29, 2006, 03:03:44 AMJust to be a total dork - it's impossible to be "10% black", as the original poster wrote, isn't it?Consider this a Logic Game:I believe that it's only possible to be this fraction:1 / (x ^ 2), where x >= 0.In order words, you can only be 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 black, etc... Ok - that's it -- with a mistake like that you shouldn't go to law school. Actually, you need an additional assumption: that each person has a finite number of ancestors. Otherwise you could construct a series SUM 1/(n^2) = 1/10th. doing so is simple in fact. but assuming that each person only has a finite number of ancestors:Here's a number-theoretic proof: each person only has 2 parents, so the demoniator of every person's ethnic fractions are divisible by 2 only. but 10 also has 5 as a prime factor, hence it is impossible to be 1/10th black.

Quote from: SuicideNixon on May 31, 2006, 03:39:54 PMQuote from: denk on May 29, 2006, 03:03:44 AMJust to be a total dork - it's impossible to be "10% black", as the original poster wrote, isn't it?Consider this a Logic Game:I believe that it's only possible to be this fraction:1 / (x ^ 2), where x >= 0.In order words, you can only be 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 black, etc... Ok - that's it -- with a mistake like that you shouldn't go to law school. Actually, you need an additional assumption: that each person has a finite number of ancestors. Otherwise you could construct a series SUM 1/(n^2) = 1/10th. doing so is simple in fact. but assuming that each person only has a finite number of ancestors:Here's a number-theoretic proof: each person only has 2 parents, so the demoniator of every person's ethnic fractions are divisible by 2 only. but 10 also has 5 as a prime factor, hence it is impossible to be 1/10th black.However it's possible to be very close to 1/10th black.

I believe that the US Census defines a minority as one that is being at least 1/8th of that race. For example, a person is considered black even if he/she has only one great-grandfather that was black. Even if the rest of his family was of Swedish origin, this person could declare minority status. I think that the same criteria could be utilized for LS admission purposes.