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Important Terms

## a Probability ± the chance that an uncertain event

will occur (always between 0 and 1)
a Experiment ± a process of obtaining outcomes
for uncertain events
a Elementary Event ± the most basic outcome
possible from a simple experiment
a Sample Space ± the collection of all possible
elementary outcomes
Sample Space
The Sample Space is the collection of all
possible outcomes
e.g., All 6 faces of a die:

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## a Elementary event ± An outcome from a sample

space with one characteristic
a Example: A red card from a deck of cards

## a Event ± May involve two or more outcomes

simultaneously
a Example: An ace that is also red from a deck of
cards
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a Tables can be used to help us
enumerate events

## gender and employment status

a From this you can tell, for example:

## ± 459 are male and employed

± 499 (= 459 + 40) are male
± 926 (= 459 + 467) are employed
a ¦e can use this table to calculate probabilities
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a ¦ell, 459 out of 1,000 possible outcomes lead
to this event
a So P(A and B) = 459/1000 = 0.459
a ¦hat about the probability that a person chosen
is male, P(A)?
a ¦ell, 459 + 40 = 499 are male
a So P(A) = 499/1000 = 0.499
a ¦hat about the probability that a person is male
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a Is it equal to P(A) + P(B)? No!
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a Independent: Occurrence of one does not
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probability of the other
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E1 = rain forecasted on the news
E2 = take umbrella to work
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a mlassical Probability Assessment
Number of ways Ei can occur
P(Ei) =
Total number of elementary events

## a Relative Frequency of Occurrence

Number of times Ei occurs
Relative Freq. of Ei =
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## a Subjective Probability Assessment

An opinion or judgment by a decision maker about
the likelihood of an event
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Rules for
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## Individual Values Sum of All Values

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P(e i ) º 1
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k = Number of elementary events
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ei = ith elementary event
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## a The probability of an event Ei is equal to the

sum of the probabilities of the elementary
events forming Ei.
a That is, if:
Ei = {e1, e2, e3}
then:
P(Ei) = P(e1) + P(e2) + P(e3)
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## a The complement of an event E is the collection of

all possible elementary events  contained in
event E. The complement of event E is
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## a monditional probability for any

two events E1 , E2:

P(E1 and E 2 )
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## a Of the cars on a used car lot, 70% have air

conditioning (Am) and 40% have a mD player
(mD). 20% of the cars have both.

## a ¦hat is the probability that a car has a mD

player, given that it has Am ?

## i.e., we want to find P(mD | Am)

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## a monditional probability for

independent events E1 , E2:

## (E1 | E 2 ) º (E1 ) where (E2 ) 0

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and the multiplication rule simplifies to

## P(E1 and E 2 ) º P(E1 ) P(E 2 )

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P(Ei )P(B| Ei )
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Ei = ith event of interest of the k possible events
B = new event that might impact P(Ei)
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## a A drilling company has estimated a 40%

chance of striking oil for their new well.
a A detailed test has been scheduled for more
information. Historically, 60% of successful
wells have had detailed tests, and 20% of
unsuccessful wells have had detailed tests.
a Xiven that this well has been scheduled for a
detailed test, what is the probability
that the well will be successful?
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a Aet S = successful well and U = unsuccessful well
a P(S) = .4 , P(U) = .6 (prior probabilities)
a Define the detailed test event as D
a monditional probabilities:
P(D|S) = .6 P(D|U) = .2
a Revised probabilities
Prior monditional Joint Revised
Event
Prob. Prob. Prob. Prob.
S (successful) .4 .6 .4*.6 = .24 .24/.36 = .67
U (unsuccessful) .6 .2 .6*.2 = .12 .12/.36 = .33

Sum = .36
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## a Xiven the detailed test, the revised probability

of a successful well has risen to .67 from the
original estimate of .4

## Prior monditional Joint Revised

Event
Prob. Prob. Prob. Prob.
S (successful) .4 .6 .4*.6 = .24 .24/.36 = .67
U (unsuccessful) .6 .2 .6*.2 = .12 .12/.36 = .33

Sum = .36