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The probability P(A) of an event A is a measure of the likelihood that the event will occur on any trial. New, but partial, information determines a conditioning event C , which may call for reassessing the likelihood of event A. For a fixed conditioning event C, this new assignment to all events constitutes a new probability measure. In addition, because of the way it is derived from the original, or prior, probability, the conditional probability measure has a number of special properties which are important in applications. Determination of the conditioning event is key.


The probability P ( A ) of an event A is a measure of the likelihood that the event will occur on any trial. Sometimes partial information determines thatan event C has occurred. Given this information, it may be necessary to reassign the likelihood for each event A . This leads to the notion of conditional probability. For a fixed conditioning event C , this assignment to all events constitutes a new probability measure which has all the properties of the originalprobability measure. In addition, because of the way it is derived from the original, the conditional probability measure has a number of special propertieswhich are important in applications.

Conditional probability

The original or prior probability measure utilizes all available information to make probability assignments P ( A ) , P ( B ) , etc., subject to the defining conditions (P1), (P2), and (P3) . The probability P ( A ) indicates the likelihood that event A will occur on any trial.

Frequently, new information is received which leads to a reassessment of the likelihood of event A . For example

  • An applicant for a job as a manager of a service department is being interviewed. His résumé shows adequate experience and other qualifications. He conductshimself with ease and is quite articulate in his interview. He is considered a prospect highly likely to succeed. The interview is followed by an extensive backgroundcheck. His credit rating, because of bad debts, is found to be quite low. With this information, the likelihood that he is a satisfactory candidate changes radically.
  • A young woman is seeking to purchase a used car. She finds one that appears to be an excellent buy. It looks “clean,” has reasonable mileage, and is a dependablemodel of a well known make. Before buying, she has a mechanic friend look at it. He finds evidence that the car has been wrecked with possible frame damage that has beenrepaired. The likelihood the car will be satisfactory is thus reduced considerably.
  • A physician is conducting a routine physical examination on a patient in her seventies. She is somewhat overweight. He suspects that she may be prone to heartproblems. Then he discovers that she exercises regularly, eats a low fat, high fiber, variagated diet, and comes from a family in which survival well into their ninetiesis common. On the basis of this new information, he reassesses the likelihood of heart problems.

New, but partial, information determines a conditioning event C , which may call for reassessing the likelihood of event A . For one thing, this means that A occurs iff the event A C occurs. Effectively, this makes C a new basic space. The new unit of probability mass is P ( C ) . How should the new probability assignments be made? One possibility is to make the new assignment to A proportional to the probability P ( A C ) . These considerations and experience with the classical case suggests the following procedure for reassignment. Althoughsuch a reassignment is not logically necessary, subsequent developments give substantial evidence that this is the appropriate procedure.

Questions & Answers

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it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
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or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
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. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
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In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
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I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
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At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
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the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
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A fair die is tossed 180 times. Find the probability P that the face 6 will appear between 29 and 32 times inclusive
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