Thoughtful Machine Learning

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Printed Page 53
In Probability of Symbols section

The Probability of Symbols section is impossible to follow. There's not enough information. Each time, I review it appears wrong. Here are the topics that are unclear: total = 6.0 Total for what? There are 5 numbers [1,2,3,4,5] not 6. p_a_cap_b = (a & b).length / total What does p_a_cap_b mean? Where does the "cap" come in? p_a_cap_b = (a & b).length / total Does it then equal to 1/6 = .16666? p_b = b.length / total = 3/6 = .5? But this can't be right since below it says that P(B)=20%. If p_b = .2 = 3/total then total = 3/.2 = 15 Where does 15 come from? Then b.length cannot equal to 3. What does it equal then? p_a_cab_b = p_a_given_b * p_b = 0.33*.0.2 = 0.06 But 0.06 does not equal to 1/6 or 1/5. Where does 0.06 come from? If you could provide additional details, that would be awesome. I really want to understand this example. Thanks very much, -Larry

Larry Freeman  Dec 18, 2014 
Printed Page 53
9th line of text from the top

For the code inside the box "Probability Symbols", there is a line "total = 6.0". I believe this should be 5, not 6. If 'total' means the number of possible outcomes, assuming that events A and B are jointly exhaustive, then there are a total of 5 possible outcomes, as shown several lines earlier with the line starting "a | b". This doesn't affect the final value of p_a_given_b, because (1/total) is a factor of both p_a_cap_b and p_b, so when the former is divided by the latter, the factors cancel out. In essence, B has three outcomes, one of them is shared with A, so the probability of A given B is 1/3. This all rests on the assumption that the five outcomes are equally probable (each has a probability of .2). I am assuming that the content of Fig. 4-1 is completely independent of the content of the box "Probability Symbols".

Bruce Tesar  May 10, 2018