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The AP (Associated Press) article has been printed in many papers, More U.S. women having twins; rate at 1 in 30 babies, but I wonder what it really means.
If 1 in 30 is a twin, does it mean that the other 29 are not twins?  If so, then when is the other twin counted?  In the next 30?
Does is really mean that 2 out of every 60 children born are twins?

I would think it would be clearer to say that 1 in 30 mothers are having twins.  How would you say it so that it's not ambiguous?


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RE: Twins

I'm guessing that should've read, "...rate at 1 in 30 births."

RE: Twins

Quote (rjoubert):

which states "About one in every 30 newborns has a twin brother or sister."

Heh, still kind of ambiguous! If only one in 30 newborns has a twin brother or sister, doesn't that twin brother or sister also have a twin? So would it really be two in 30? Or are we back to two in 60?

Actually, the funniest part of the article is this...

Quote (http://www.wthr.com/story/16448294/twin-birth-rate-on-the-rise):

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows the twin birth rate has risen 76 percent since 1980.

The Centers for Disease Control?!? Since when is a birth considered a disease?

Heh. bigsmile


RE: Twins

I read the article as the twin not being counted in the total number of babies. 1 in 30 babies has a twin = 29 single births and 1 set of twins = 31 babies total.

One would say that a mother gave birth (singular) to twins. As such. the article might better have been titled as 1 in 30 births include a twin.


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My brother and sister are identical twins. <grin>

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RE: Twins

How about:

Of all the pregnancies which come to term, 1 out of every 59, on average, results in twins.  That is, assuming that they really meant that 1 in 30 of the recently-born members of the population are twins.


Of all the pregnancies which come to term, 1 out of every 30, on average, results in twins.  Assuming that they really meant that 2 in 31 of the recently-born members of the population are twins.

In both cases above, the effect on the numbers caused by triplets, quads etc. have been ignored.


RE: Twins

I once heard a comedian rambling on something like this...

Quote (Some Comedian):

... I was one of a set of twins. My brother was born on May 7th. I was born a week later, and then again ten days after that. ...
It was a stream of consciousness ramble about his life that was full of things like that. It was pretty funny as I remember.


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