Imagine a game in which you have a bag holding 100 marbles, 50 of which are brown and 50 green. You are allowed to draw 10 marbles out of the bag. Now imagine that the bag is restocked with 100 marbles, with the same proportion of brown and green marbles as you have just drawn out. The ratio of brown to green marbles "drifts" around (5:5, 6:4, 7:3, 4:6 …).
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