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An Introduction to Probability Theory and Its Applications, by William Feller

By William Feller

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6. The σ field B generated by the intervals (a, b] (or [a, b), or (a, b), or [a, b]) with −∞ ≤ a < b ≤ ∞ is called the Borel sets of the real line. 2 Set Functions and Measures In developing a rigorous theory of probability one must start with the more general concepts of set functions and measures. Throughout the discussion we take for granted that we are endowed with a nonempty space Ω (at this point not necessarily comprising outcomes of a chance experiment) and a σ field of subsets F. In the definitions we pair these together as (Ω, F), since F has no meaning except in relation to a particular space and since different σ fields can be associated with the same space.

The collection of rooms partitions the house, and by measuring the soiled areas in all the rooms and adding them up we get the total area that is affected. 2 27 Modeling Certain Finite Experiments Before proceeding with properties and definitions, we should consider some specific examples of probability models. A particularly simple situation, yet one that often arises, is that the chance experiment can be assumed to have a finite number of equally likely outcomes. Specifically, suppose our interests make it possible to define outcomes in such a way that (i) there are only finitely many of them and (ii) all N (Ω) < ∞ of them have the same probability.

In some cases, however, one has (or can envision having) more information about the outcome of the experiment, and when that happens the information can sometimes be used to advantage in sharpening estimates of probabilities of certain events. These sharper probabilities are called conditional probabilities. To look at a concrete example, consider drawing one person at random from a classroom of students, the interest being in whether the person drawn has a particular characteristic, such as occupying a desk in the first row, having brown hair, having a name containing a particular letter, etc.

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