7.1 Experiments, Sample Spaces, and Events


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1 7.1 Experiments, Sample Spaces, and Events An experiment is an activity that has observable results. Examples: Tossing a coin, rolling dice, picking marbles out of a jar, etc. The result of an experiment is called an outcome of the experiment. The sample space of an experiment is the set of all possible outcomes. It is important to keep in mind what is being observed or recorded in the experiment. Example: Determine the sample space, S, for the following experiments. Flipping a coin and observing whether it lands heads or tails. Rolling a fair die and observing the number that is rolled. Rolling two fair dice and observing the sum of the numbers rolled. An event is a subset of the sample space of an experiment. An elementary (or simple) event is an event that consists of a single outcome. Example: Consider the experiment of rolling two fair dice and observing the numbers that are rolled on each die. The sample space S for this experiment is: S = (1,1), (1,2), (1,3), (1,4), (1,5), (1,6), (2,1), (2,2), (2,3), (2,4), (2,5), (2,6), (3,1), (3,2), (3,3), (3,4), (3,5), (3,6), (4,1), (4,2), (4,3), (4,4), (4,5), (4,6), (5,1), (5,2), (5,3), (5,4), (5,5), (5,6), (6,1), (6,2), (6,3), (6,4), (6,5), (6,6) A shorthand way of working with the outcomes is: The first coordinate of these ordered pairs represents the first die and the second coordinate represents the second die. (3,5) and (5,3) are different outcomes. You can think of one die as red and the other as green. Determine the event E that the sum of the two dice is 6. Determine the event F that a double is rolled or the sum of the dice is less than 5. Determine the event G that a 6 is rolled. Determine the event H that the sum of the two dice is 12. Determine the event K that a 7 is rolled. How many events are there total? How many simple events are there? 1
2 The empty set is called the impossible event. The sample space S is called the certain event, since whatever outcome occurs is guaranteed to be in S. We can have unions, intersections, and complements of events just as before. If E and F are two events of an experiment, then: E F is the set of outcomes that are in E or F, i.e. E F is the event that E OR F (or both) occurs. E c is the set of outcomes that are not in E, i.e. E c is the event that E does NOT occur. E F is the set of outcomes that are in both E and F, i.e. E F is the event that both E AND F occur. If two events CANNOT happen at the same time, then E F =, and these events are said to be mutually exclusive. (The sets E and F are disjoint.) From the dice example above we saw that: E = {(1,5),(2,4),(3,3),(4,2),(5,1)} F = {(1,1),(2,2),(3,3),(4,4),(5,5),(6,6),(1,2),(2,1),(3,2),(2,3)} G = {(1,6),(2,6),(3,6),(4,6),(5,6),(6,6),(6,1),(6,2),(6,3),(6,4),(6,5)} Are E and F mutually exclusive? Are E and G mutually exclusive? Often, tree diagrams can be used to help find the sample space. Example: Suppose I flip a coin twice and record the side that lands up on each toss. Determine the sample space for this experiment. Determine the event E that at least 1 tail is tossed. Determine the event F that exactly 1 head is tossed. Are E and F mutually exclusive? 2
3 A note on decks of cards: A deck of cards consists of 52 cards. There are 13 cards for each of the four suits: clubs, spades, diamonds, and hearts. The 13 cards are numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace. Clubs and spades are black. Diamonds and hearts are red. A face card is a Jack, Queen, or King. (An Ace is NOT considered a face card.) Example: A fair 5sided die is rolled, observing the number rolled, and then a card is selected from a standard deck, observing the color of the card. Determine the sample space for this experiment. Determine the event E that an even number is rolled or a black card is selected. Example: A letter is selected at random from the word MATH, observing if it is a vowel or not, and then a card is randomly selected from a standard deck, observing the suit of the card. What is the sample space for this experiment? Determine the event F that a vowel is not drawn and a black card is selected. Example: An experiment consists of selecting a letter at random from the word MATHEMATICS, observing the letter chosen, rolling a fair 6sided die and observing whether the number rolled is even or odd, and then randomly selecting a marble from a jar containing 3 yellow, 2 green, and 4 white marbles and observing the color of the marble. How many outcomes would be in the sample space for this experiment? List one possible outcome. 3
4 7.2 Definition of Probability Definition: A sample space S in which all outcomes are equally likely is called a uniform sample space. If S is a finite uniform sample space and E is any event, then the probability of E, P(E), is given by: P(E) = Number of ways for E to occur Total number of possible outcomes in S = n(e) n(s) Note: Probabilities will ALWAYS be between 0 and 1, inclusive. The larger the probability, the more likely it is to occur. Example: Suppose a fair die is rolled and the number that lands up is recorded. The sample space for this experiment is S = {1,2,3,4,5,6}. Is this a uniform sample space? What is the probability that an even number is rolled? What is the probability that a number less than 3 is rolled? Example: A card is drawn from a standard deck of cards. What is the probability that: a Jack is drawn? A club? A face card? Example: Consider the experiment of rolling two fair dice and observing the numbers that land up. We already found the sample space. What is the probability that the sum of the dice is more than 10? What is the probability that a 5 is rolled? What is the probability that a double is not rolled? What is the probability that exactly one 4 is rolled or the sum of the dice is 5? 4
5 Example: Consider the composition of a threechild family in which the children were born at different times. Assume that a girl is as likely as a boy at each birth. What is the sample space for this experiment? What is the probability that there is exactly 1 boy in the family? What is the probability that there are at least two boys in the family? Sometimes experiments are run to help estimate the probability of certain events. Probabilities that are based on collected data are called empirical probabilities. If an experiment is performed n times and an event E occurs m times, then the relative frequency of the event E is m n. Example: In a survey conducted to see how long Americans keep their cars, a group of 2000 car owners were asked how long they plan to keep their present cars. The results are: Years Car is Kept, x Respondents 0 x < x < x < x < x < x What is the empirical probability that a randomly selected car owner in America plans to keep his/her car less than 2 years? At least 6 years? The probability distribution for an experiment is a TABLE which gives the probabilities associated with events in the experiment. A probability distribution must satisfy the following properties: The events listed must be mutually exclusive. (If each outcome is listed separately, this will be satisfied.) The sum of the probabilities must be 1. 5
6 Example: SupposeIhave ajar filledwith 4redmarbles, 2bluemarbles, and7whitemarbles. Anexperiment consists of selecting one marble from the jar and observing its color. Find the probability distribution for the color of the marble. What is the probability that the marble is not red? Example: Find the probability distribution for the sum of the dice when two fair 6sided dice are rolled. Example: An unfair 6sided die is rolled over and over and the number rolled each time is recorded. The results are given below. Number Rolled Frequency Find the empirical probability distribution for this data. What is the (empirical) probability that an odd number is rolled? 6
7 7.3 Rules of Probability Rules of Probability: 1. 0 P(E) 1 for any event E in a sample space S. In particular P( ) = 0 and P(S) = If E and F are mutually exclusive events, then P(E F) = P(E)+P(F) 3. Union rule for probability: If E and F are ANY two events (not necessarily mutually exclusive), then P(E F) = P(E)+P(F) P(E F) Note: This formula is consistent with (2) because if two events are mutually exclusive, then E F = and thus P(E F) = P( ) = Complement Principle: P(E c ) = 1 P(E) or P(E) = 1 P(E c ) Example: SupposeyouaregiventhefollowingprobabilitydistributionforasamplespaceS = {s 1,s 2,s 3,s 4,s 5,s 6 } Outcome s 1 s 2 s 3 s 4 s 5 s Probability Supppose E = {s 1,s 4,s 5 }, F = {s 2,s 3 }, and G = {s 2,s 5 }. Fill in the missing probability in the table and then calculate the following. P(E) P(F G) P(E F) P(E c ) P(E G) P(F c G c ) 7
8 Example: Let E and F be two events of an experiment with sample space S. Suppose P(E) = 0.5, P(F) = 0.4, and P(E F) = 0.1. Compute the following. P(F c ) P(E c F) P(E c F c ) P(E c F) Example: If P(E c ) = 0.3 and P(F) = 0.2 with E and F mutually exclusive, what is P(E F c )? Example: Among 400 people surveyed, 250 people said they did not like Pepsi, 300 people said they liked Coke, and 375 liked at least one of the two. Find the probability that a person selected at random does not like Pepsi or does not like Coke. 8
9 Example: An experiment consists of selecting a card at random from a 52card deck. Find the probability that a red face card is drawn. Find the probability that a diamond or a club is drawn. Find the probability that a spade or a queen is drawn. Find the probability that a face card is not drawn. Find the probability that neither a 3 nor a red card is drawn. Example: The table below gives the number of students of each classification who are majoring and not majoring in business in a class of 110 students. Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors Total Business NonBusiness Total A student is randomly selected from this class. What is the probability that... The student is not a junior? The student is an upper classman (junior or senior) nonbusiness major? The student is a business major or a sophomore? The student is a lower classman (freshman or sophomore) or a nonbusiness major? 9
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