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Mathematical Background

Proofs that odd numbers are prime:

  • Mathematician: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, therefore, by induction, all odd numbers are prime.
  • Physicist: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is a bad data point, 11 is prime, 13 is prime…
  • Engineer: 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is approximately prime, 11 is prime, 13 is prime…
  • Computer scientist:1 1 is prime, 1 is prime, 1 is prime, 1 is prime…

12.1 BASIC PROBABILITY THEORY

12.1.1 Characterization of random events

Let A and B denote two random events. If the corresponding probabilities are represented by P(A) and P(B) then we have several important relations:

  • OR connection: P (AB) = P(A) + P(B) − P(AB). If P(AB) = 0 then P(AB) = P(A) + P(B).
  • Conditional probability: images.
  • Independent events: If A and B are independent if and only if P(AB) = P(A) · P(B) then P(A|B) = P(A).
  • Law of total probability: images.
  • Bayes formula: images.

A group of mutually excluding probabilistic events {a} belonging to the same observable is represented by means of random variables in probability theory. If variable A stands for a certain random event then the probability of obtaining A = ...

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