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Introduction to Statistics II - Lecture 3

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Lecture 3 - Probability Topics

It is often necessary to "guess" about the outcome of an event in order to make a decision. Politicians study polls to guess their likelihood of winning an election. Teachers choose a particular course of study based on what they think students can comprehend. Doctors estimate the treatments needed for various diseases. You may have visited a casino where people play games chosen because of the belief that the likelihood of winning is good. You may have chosen your course of study based on the probable availability of jobs.

You have, more than likely, used probability. In fact, you probably have an intuitive sense of probability. Probability deals with the chance of an event occurring. Whenever you weigh the odds of whether or not to do your homework or to study for an exam, you are using probability. This lecture covers how to solve probability problems using a systematic approach.

Dr. Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean
Collaborative Statistics
(Connexions)
http://cnx.org
Date accessed: 2009-01-17
License: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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