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A sample space consists of a elementary outcomes $e_1,e_2........e_9$ whose probabilities are $P(e_1)=P(e_2)=0.08,P(e_3)=P(e_4)=P(e_5)=.1,P(e_6)=P(e_7)=.2,P(e_8)=p(e_9)=0.07$.Suppose $A=\{e_1,e_5,e_8\},B=\{e_2,e_5,e_8,e_9\}$.Using the addition law of probability ,calculate $P(A \cup B)$ .

$\begin{array}{1 1}(A)\;0.40\\(B)\;0.50\\(C)\;0.60\\(D)\;0.70\end{array} $

1 Answer

  • $P(A \cup B)=P(A)+P(B)-P(A \cap B)$
Step 1:
Given :
Addition of all probabilities will be equal to 1
Step 2:
According to addition law probability
$P(A \cup B)=P(A)+P(B)-P(A \cap B)$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{0.08+0.1+0.07}{1}$
$\Rightarrow 0.25$
Step 3:
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{0.08+0.1+0.07+0.7}{1}$
$\Rightarrow 0.32$
Step 4:
$P(A \cap B)=P(e_1,e_5,e_8) \cap P(e_2,e_5,e_8,e_9)$
$\Rightarrow P(e_5,e_8)$
$\Rightarrow 0.1+0.07$
$\Rightarrow 0.17$
Step 5:
$P(A \cup B)=P(A)+P(B)-P(A \cap B)$
$\Rightarrow 0.25+0.32-0.17$
$\Rightarrow 0.57-0.17$
$\Rightarrow 0.40$
Hence (A) is the correct answer.
answered Jul 8, 2014 by sreemathi.v

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