Fall 2014 EAS 305 Lecture Notes
Prof. Jun Zhuang
University at Buﬀalo, State University of New York

September 10, ... 2014

Prof. Jun Zhuang

Fall 2014 EAS 305 Lecture Notes

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Conditional Probability
Bayes’ Theorem

Agenda

1

Conditional Probability
Deﬁnition and Properties
Independence
General Deﬁnition

2

Bayes’ Theorem
Partition
Theorem
Examples

Prof. Jun Zhuang

Fall 2014 EAS 305 Lecture Notes

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Conditional Probability
Bayes’ Theorem

Deﬁnition and Properties
Independence
General Deﬁnition

Example
Example: Die. A = {2, 4, 6}, B = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}. So Pr(A) = 1/2, Pr(B) = 5/6.
Suppose we know that B occurs. Then the prob of A “given” B is Pr(A|B) =

|A ∩ B|
2
=
5
|B|

So the prob of A depends on the info that you have! The info that B occurs allows us to regard B as a new, restricted sample space. And. . .
Pr(A|B) =

Deﬁnition and Properties
Independence
General Deﬁnition

Deﬁnition: If Pr(B) > 0, the conditional prob of A given B is Pr(A|B) ≡ Pr(A ∩ B)/Pr(B).
Remarks: If A and B are disjoint, then Pr(A|B) = 0. (If B
occurs, there’s no chance that A can also occur.)
What happens if Pr(B) = 0? Don’t worry! In this case, makes no sense to consider Pr(A|B).

Prof. Jun Zhuang

Fall 2014 EAS 305 Lecture Notes

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Conditional Probability
Bayes’ Theorem

Deﬁnition and Properties
Independence
General Deﬁnition

Example: Toss 2 dice and take the sum.
A: odd toss = {3, 5, 7, 9, 11}
B: {2, 3}
Pr(A) = Pr(3) + · · · + Pr(11) =

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