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Flipping Two Coins

Flipping Two Coins

Here is a way to summarize the four random experiments:

Here is a way to summarize the four random experiments:

Flipping n times

Flip a fair coin n times (some n
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Possible outcomes: {TT · · · T , TT · · · H, . . . , HH · · · H}.
Thus, 2n possible outcomes.

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Note: {TT · · · T , TT · · · H, . . . , HH · · · H} = {H, T }n .

An := {(a1 , . . . , an ) | a1 2 A, . . . , an 2 A}. |An | = |A|n .
Likelihoods: 1/2n each.

Important remarks:
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Each outcome describes the two coins.

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⌦ is the set of possible outcomes;

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E.g., HT is one outcome of the experiment.

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Each outcome has a probability (likelihood);

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The probabilities are

It is wrong to think that the outcomes are {H, T } and that one
picks twice from that set.

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Fair coins: [1]; Glued coins: [3], [4];

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Indeed, this viewpoint misses the relationship between the two
flips.

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Each w 2 ⌦ describes one outcome of the complete experiment.

0 and add up to 1;

Spring-attached coins: [2];

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Roll two Dice
Roll a balanced 6-sided die twice:
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Possible outcomes:
{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}2 = {(a, b) | 1  a, b  6}.
Likelihoods: 1/36 for each.

⌦ and the probabilities specify the random experiment.

Probability Space.
1. A “random experiment”:
(a) Flip a biased coin;
(b) Flip two fair coins;
(c) Deal a poker hand.

2. A set of possible outcomes: ⌦.
(a) ⌦ = {H, T };
(b) ⌦ = {HH, HT , TH, TT }; |⌦| = 4;
(c) ⌦ = { A A} A| A~ K , A A} A| A~ Q, . . .}
|⌦| = 52
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3. Assign a probability to each outcome: Pr : ⌦ ! [0, 1].
(a) Pr [H] = p, Pr [T ] = 1 p for some p 2 [0, 1]
(b) Pr [HH] = Pr [HT ] = Pr [TH] = Pr [TT ] = 14
(c) Pr [ A A} A| A~ K  ] = · · · = 1/ 52
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Probability Space: formalism.
⌦ is the sample space.
w 2 ⌦ is a sample point. (Also called an outcome.)
Sample point w has a probability Pr [w] where
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0  Pr [w]  1;

Âw2⌦ Pr [w] = 1.