you really want to assume that people are just as likely to be x as E or I? i always thought of it as a 1dimensional spectrum. x in my mind just signifies that you're somewhere in the middle (maybe between 45% and 55% or something arbitrary like that). assuming x is between 45% and 55%, you gotta use standard deviations and all that stuff to calculate the percentage of people in the x category. then you have to do that for each dichotomy and multiply them together. (this also assumes that opposite preferences are equally likely).
so say 15% of people are in the x category for each opposition. that means the chances of XXXX are .15^4 (since the variables are independent of each other).
right?
edit: even if you assume 33% or 50% likelihood in each dichotomy, you still have to multiply the chances of each one.
33% for one letter > .33^4 chance of XXXX
50% for one letter > .5^4 chance of XXXX
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Thread: Is it possible to be an "XXXX"?

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01142008, 03:15 AM #34
My guess was that the the chances of having all 4 X's would be something like 6.25% for some reason. I have no idea why?

01142008, 03:40 AM #35
It depends on whose definition and test you use. If the test is designed so that you can be balanced, then sure, why not. If you're actually asking can a PERSON (not the results of the test) be balanced, then my answer is that your question makes no sense, because personality doesn't actually divide into discrete functions to begin with, it's just the way we divide up personality for convenience (and control).

01142008, 06:41 AM #36
It is?
Really, the answer of being an XXXX is factored by how many times XXXX shows up in the combinations of type possibilities using the fourslot sequence, with each slot being one of three types. This is far less than 33%. (Think about it: If you roll two dice, there are 36 possible outcomes... and only one of them is "snake eyes" or double 1's. Now extrapolate this out for four dice, each with 3 possible variables. Only one of those many many sequences is XXXX.)
But there might not even be a 33% chance of getting an X.
How is X determined? Isn't an X outcome simply a small blip in the gray area between E/I? If we want to be generous, wouldn't it just be the area around the 4555 range on the 1100 scale? (And if we are not generous, it would be just around 50.) But let's be generous: The odds here would be
E= 45%
I=45%
X=10% (at best)
(And this might not even be accurate, I'm not sure whether the scale is linear. This is only true if the odds of being anywhere along the scale are equal, rather than a dual bell curve or some other sort of curve. But let's just assume it.)
It means overall chance of being XXXX is 33.33%, if you take X as a discrete possible outcome of the MBTI, or 50% if you're taking it from wildcat's angle of E/I as one outcome, and X as another.
Statistically, the chance of an XXXX combination in comparison to other type combinations is infinitessimally small.
The best bet would be to assume that the person simply does not want to commit to a type determination, for some personal reason. Either that, or the testing instrument was awful.
EDIT: Oh, Dissonance! you beat me to it."Hey Capa  We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

01142008, 07:19 AM #37

01142008, 08:15 AM #38

01142008, 08:50 AM #39"Hey Capa  We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

01142008, 09:06 AM #40
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