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16

Probability

CONTENTS

16.1    Basic Probability Concepts

16.1.1    Union and Intersection of Sets

16.1.2    Conditional Probability

16.1.3    Sample versus Population

16.1.4    Plotting Statistical Information

16.2    Probability Density Function

16.3    Various Probability Density Functions

16.3.1    Binomial Distribution

16.3.2    Poisson Distribution

16.4    Central Moments

16.5    Probability Distribution Function

16.6    Problems

When you deal in large numbers, probabilities are the same as certainties. I wouldn’t bet my life on the toss of a single coin, but I would, with great confidence, bet on heads appearing between 49 % and 51 % of the throws of a coin if the number of tosses was one billion.

Brian L. Silver. 1998. The Ascent of ...

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