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1 Statistics and Data Analysis B Professor William Greene Phone: Office: KMC 7-78 Home page: Course web page: Sample Probability Problems IOMS Department Example 1. Probability Theory For two events A and B, P(A) = 0.30, P(B) = 0.42, P(A B) = What is P(~A ~B)? A Venn diagram helps. For two events, there are four regions, A B, A ~B, ~A B, ~A ~B. A ~B A B ~A B ~A ~B Event A Event B A general result is P(A B) = P(A) + P(B) P(A B). We can deduce from the numbers given that.61 = P(A B) so P(A B) =.11. The.11 is the area of the region where A and B overlap. The event ~A ~B is everything that is outside A or outside B, which is everything that is not in this overlap region. Therefore, P(~A ~B) = 1 - P(A B) =.89. Example 2. Basic Probabilities Consider a case in which there are 100 employees of a modest-sized firm. Let s suppose the cross-classified information is this: Drives to work Uses mass transit TOTAL Male Female TOTAL

2 The category Drives to work refers to driving alone. People in car pools are in the Uses mass transit category. Suppose that one employee is selected at random. A. Find P(female) = 40/100 P(drives to work), = 68/100 P(female or drives to work) = 40/ /100 23/100 = 85/100. B. Now, find P(Drives to work Male). If A and B are two events with P(B) > 0, then P(A B ) = probability of A, given that B has already occurred, = P(A B)/P(B) Certainly P(male) = 60/ 100 = 0.6. Then P(Drives to work Male) = P(Drives to work Male )/P(Male) = (45/100) / (60100) = 45/60 = 3/4 = 75% This has applied the definition literally. One could also use the obviousness idea; there are 60 men and exactly 45 of them drive to work. The probability must be 45/60 = 3/4 = 75%. Note that P(Male Drives to work) = 45 / % and this is certainly not equal to P(Drives to work Male) = 45/ 60 = 0.75 = 75%. Example 3. Random Draws and Counting to Obtain Probabilities An urn (jar) contains 10 balls: 6 green balls 5 balls striped 1 ball solid 4 red balls 3 balls striped 1 ball solid Some people find it helpful to have this information in a table. Solid Striped TOTAL Green Red TOTAL If you select a ball at random, find P(green) = 6/10 = 3/5 P(red) = 4/10 = 2/5 P(solid red) = 1/4 [also note, (1/10)/(4/10)] P(red solid) = 1/2 [(1/10)/(1/20)] P(striped green) = 5/6 [(5/10)/(6/10)] P(red green) = 0 (?) P(solid green) = 1/6 [(1/10)/(6/10)] Example 4: Independent Events. For cars at an inspection, the probability that a car will fail emissions test is The probability that it will fail both emissions test and brake test is Given that it fails the emissions test, what is the probability that it will fail the brake test? P(fail brake fail emission) = P(fail brake and emission)/p(fail emission) =.02/.12 = 1/6.

3 Example 5. Product Rule. A firm produces chips in four plants, creatively named P1, P2, P3 and P4. Production rates and defect rates at the four plants are as follows: Plant: P1 P2 P3 P4 Production 35% 16% 21% 28% Defect Rate 2%, 3% 7% 1% (Why would the firm continue to produce at Plant 3 with its atypically high defect rate? Perhaps the marginal cost of production at Plant 3 is significantly lower than the others, so the expected cost of the defects cold be lower.) Let D be the event that a chip is produced with a defect. Compute P(D). If a defective chip is produced, what is the probability that it is produced in P3? The problem asks for P(D). The data above give P(D P1) =.02 and so on. We also have P(P1) =.35, P(P2)=.16, P(P3)=.21 and P(P4)=.28. We require P(D) = P(D P1) + P(D P2) + P(D P3) + P(D P4) = P(D P1)P(P1) + P(D P2)P(P2) + P(D P3)P(P3) + P(D P4)P(P4) =.02(.35) +.03(.16) +.07(.21) +.01(.28) = =.0293 = 2.93%. The second question asks for P(P3 D). Use the definition, P(P3 D) = P(D P3)/P(D) = P(D P3)P(P3)/P(D) =.07(.21)/.0293 = Example 6. Conditional Probabilities. In a certain city, taxis are easily identified by rooftop lights. There are two taxi companies in this city, Green and Blue, with cabs colored accordingly. One night, there is a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi. The vehicle was clearly a taxi, as multiple witnesses saw the rooftop light. However, only one witness (Ralph) claimed to be able to identify the cab by color. Ralph claimed that this was a Green cab. We would like to know the probability that the accident was really committed by a Green cab. Here are some facts: (1) Ralph was given an identification test under lighting conditions similar to those the night of the accident. When the test cab was blue, he identified it correctly 80% of the time. (2) When the test cab was green, he identified it correctly 80% of the time. A number of other people were given the same identification test, and they also produced results close to the 80% that Ralph got. (3) In this town, 85% of the taxis are Blue. (1) means P(Ralph says Blue Cab is Blue) =.80 (2) means P(Ralph says Green Cab is Green) =.80 (3) states P(Cab is Blue) =.85. (4) this means that P(Cab is Green) =.15 since all cabs are either Blue or Green From the facts, we can deduce immediately: (1) and (3) imply P(Ralph says Blue and Cab is Blue) = =.68 (Product rule) (2) and (4) imply P(Ralph says Green and is Cab is Green) = =.12 This gives us, with the immediate facts bold and underlined.

5 Example 8. Using Complementary Probabilities Sometimes in order to find the probability that an event occurs, it is much simpler to find the probability that it does not occur. Here are a couple examples: Example 8.1. You are going to play roulette ten times. Each time you will make the same bet, all red numbers. What is the probability that you win at least once? Directly, this is P(at least 1 win) = P(1 win) + P(2 wins) + P(3 wins) P(10 wins). This promises to be formidable, but there is a much easier way. Winning at least once means NOT losing every time. So, to find the desired probability, we can just find P(at least 1 win) = 1 P(0 wins) and P(0 wins) is easy. The spins are independent and the probability of losing on any given spin is P(lose) = P(not red) = P(black or green) = 18/38 + 2/18 = 20/38 or 10/19. Therefore, P(lose every time) = (10/19) 10 = Therefore, P(at least 1 win) = = Example 8.2. (A classic the birthday problem). There are (assume) 50 people in this class. What is the probability that at least two of them have the same birthday? This one promises to be extremely messy. P(at least two same) = P(exactly two have the same) + P(three have the same) + a lot of combinations of twos and threes and so on. But, the event (at least two have the same birthday) is the complement of (everyone has a different birthday). This is fairly easy to work out. Person 1 has a birthday. P(person 2 has a different birthday) = 364/365. P(person 3 has a different birthday from both 1 and 2) = 363/365. The joint probability is the product, so what we are looking for is P(all different birthdays) = (365/365)(364/365)(363/365)...(316/365) = It follows that the probability that at least two people have the same birthday is

7 row Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Yes No Total Fish oil high? Yes Fish oil high? No Total For convenience, let C denote has CFS, ~C denote does not have CFS, H denotes high fish oil, ~H denotes not high (low) fish oil. a. What is the estimated probability that a person with CFS has a high fish oil consumption? We are looking for P(H C). The table gives conditional values. That is, since the sample included 60 people specifically with CFS, then P(H C) is given directly as 12/60. b. What is the probability that a person with high consumption of fish oil has CFS? This is P(C H). Unfortunately, we cannot determine this from the table. The values we have are P(H C) = 12/60 and P(~H C)=48/60. The 60 is not, in fact, useful, once we know these probabilities. 60/200 is not P(C) because the 60 observations were not randomly sampled they were 60 people known to have CFS. Without P(C), we cannot determine the probability P(H,C) = P(H C)P(C). c. What is the probability that a person does not have CFS and also has a low consumption of fish oil. This would be P(~C,~H). But, here, again, we have the same problem as in the previous question. We do not know the marginals probabilities. d. What is the probability that a person has CFS. This is the problem we encountered in questions 3 and 4. Note that the researcher deliberately selected 60 people out of 200. We have no idea if the 60 out of 200 is representative of the full population. e. What is the probability that a person has a high consumption of fish oil. This is P(H). Same problem as before. By this type of sampling, the researcher has limited the information to P(H C) = 12/60, P(~H C) = 48/60, P(H ~C) = 56/140, P(~H ~C) = 84/240. (The similar computations in the opposite direction are meaningless. Thus, 12/68 does not estimate P(C H). Unfortunately, because of the way the sample was constructed, it does not estimate anything. f. Suppose you knew that P(C) =.02. With this information, you can deduce the full set of values in the table. We know that P(H C) = 12/60. So, P(H,C) = P(H C)P(C) = (12/60).02 =.004. Also, P(~H,C) = P(~H C)P(C) = (48/60).02 =.016 And, if P(C) =.02, then P(~C) =.98. So, P(H,~C) = P(H ~C)P(~C) = (56/140).98 =.392 Finally, P(~H,~C) = P(~H ~C)P(~C) = (84/140).98 =.588. This gives you most of the missing values in the probability distribution:

8 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Yes No Total Fish oil high? Yes ? Fish oil high? No ? Total The two question marks in the table are P(H) and P(~H). But, these can be found now just by adding across. That is, P(H) = P(H,C) + P(H,~C) = =.396. P(~H) is just 1 P(H) = =.604. So, the full set of results is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Yes No Total Fish oil high? Yes Fish oil high? No Total Note that you might be able to obtain data such as P(C), the marginal proportion of the population that has CFS, through medical records. It s not likely that you could obtain the marginal proportion of the population that consumes a high amount of fish oil, not at least through public information. You would have to take a better designed sample. g. What is the estimated probability that a person with high consumption of fish oil has CFS. This would be P(C H) = P(C,H)/P(H) =.004/.396 = h. What is the estimated probability that a person who does not have CFS also has low consumption of fish oil. This would be P(~H ~C) = P(~H,~C)/P(~C) =.588/.98 =.6. i. What is the probability that a person does not have CFS and has low consumption of fish oil? This is the.588 that is in the table. Note the subtle difference in the language. Problem 8 asks for a conditional probability while problem 9 asks for a joint probability. Example 9 dealt with a situation of naturalistic sampling. Example 10 was based on a retrospective sample. The sample was based on individuals who had the effect (CFS). A third possibility would be prospective sampling select a sample of individuals who have high and low fish oil consumption, and determine (now or later) whether they contract CFS.

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