The Waiting-Time Paradox ·

Masuda N and Porter M (2021) The Waiting-Time Paradox. Front. Young Minds. 9:582433. doi: 10.3389/frym.2020.582433

Suppose that you are going to school and arrive at a bus stop. How long do you have to wait before the next bus arrives? Surprisingly, it is longer—possibly much longer—than what you might guess from looking at a bus schedule. This phenomenon, which is called the waiting-time paradox, has a purely mathematical origin. In this article, we explore the waiting-time paradox, explain why it occurs, and discuss some of its implications (beyond the possibility of being late for school).

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