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1.3 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.

(1, 1), (1, 2),
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



(2, 1), (2, 2),


 (3, 1), (3, 2),
The sample space S for this experiment is S =

(4, 1), (4, 2),




(5, 1), (5, 2),



(1, 3),
(2, 3),
(3, 3),
(4, 3),
(5, 3),
(6, 1), (6, 2), (6, 3),
(1, 4),
(2, 4),
(3, 4),
(4, 4),
(5, 4),
(6, 4),
(1, 5),
(2, 5),
(3, 5),
(4, 5),
(5, 5),
(6, 5),
(1, 6),
(2, 6),
(3, 6),
(4, 6),
(5, 6),
(6, 6)

















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 because in (3, 5), the first die rolls a 3, but in (5, 3) the
second die rolls a 3. If it helps, think of one die as “red” and the other as “green.”
• Determine the event E that the sum of the two dice is 5.
• Determine the event F that the number on the first die is exactly 1 more than the number on the
second die.
• 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?
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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 even 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 = {(4, 1), (3, 2), (2, 3), (1, 4)}, F = {(2, 1), (3, 2), (4, 3), (5, 4), (6, 5)},
and 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?
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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 5-sided 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 a 4 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?
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1.4 Basics 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
n(E)
=
Total number of possible outcomes in S
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
• What is the probability that the sum of the numbers on the two dice is 9?
• 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?
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Example: Consider the composition of a three-child 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
0≤x<2
2≤x<4
4≤x<6
6≤x<8
8 ≤ x < 11
x ≥ 11
Respondents
60
440
360
340
240
560
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.
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Example: Suppose I have a jar filled with 4 red marbles, 2 blue marbles, and 7 white marbles. An experiment
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 6-sided dice are rolled.
Example: An unfair 6-sided die is rolled over and over and the number rolled each time is recorded. The
results are given below.
Number Rolled
Frequency
1
15
2
24
3
22
4
15
5
28
6
16
Find the empirical probability distribution for this data.
What is the (empirical) probability that an odd number is rolled?
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1.5 Rules for 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) = 1.
2. 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 (∅) = 0.
4. Complement Principle: P (E c ) = 1 − P (E)
or P (E) = 1 − P (E c )
Example: Suppose you are given the following probability distribution for a sample space S = {s1 , s2 , s3 , s4 , s5 , s6 }
Outcome
Probability
s1
s2
s3
1
6
1
8
1
4
s4
s5
s6
5
24
1
5
Supppose E = {s1 , s4 , s5 }, F = {s2 , s3 }, and G = {s2 , s5 }. Fill in the missing probability in the table and
then calculate the following.
• P (E)
• P (F ∩ G)
P (E ∩ F )
• P (Gc )
P (E ∪ G)
• P (F c ∪ Gc )
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Example: Let E and F be two events of an experiment with sample space S. Suppose P (E) = .5, P (F ) = .4,
and P (E ∩ F ) = .1. Compute the following.
• P (E ∪ F )
• P (F c )
• 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:
• Likes Pepsi or does not like Coke.
• Likes exactly one of the two drinks.
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Example: An experiment consists of selecting a card at random from a 52-card 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.
Total
Freshmen
10
8
18
Sophomores
17
3
20
Juniors
20
15
35
Seniors
12
25
37
Total
59
51
110
A student is randomly selected from this class. What is the probability that...
• The student is not a junior?
• The student is a lower classman (freshman or sophomore)?
• The student is an upper classman non-business major?
• The student is a business major or a sophomore?
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Odds: Often, the probability of an event is given in terms of odds. Odds are expressed as ratios written as
“a to b” or “a : b.”
If you are given that the odds in favor of an event E occurring are a to b, then the probability of E occurring
is
a
P (E) =
a+b
Example: The odds of a certain horse winning the Kentucky Derby are 5 to 3. What is the probability that
this horse will win? What is the probability that the horse will NOT win?
If you are given probabilitiy and asked to find odds, first convert the probability to a reduced fraction
Then, the odds in favor of the event occurring are m to n − m.
m
n.
Example: The probability that it will rain tomorrow is 0.6. What are the odds that it will rain tomorrow?
What are the odds that it will not rain tomorrow?
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