Finding probability example | Probability and Statistics | Khan Academy
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Find the probability of pulling
a yellow marble from a bag with 3 yellow, 2 red,
2 green, and 1 blue– I’m assuming– marbles. So they say the
probability– I’ll just say p for probability. The probability of
picking a yellow marble. And so this is sometimes
the event in question, right over here, is
picking the yellow marble. I’ll even write down
the word “picking.” And when you say
probability, it’s really just a way of
measuring the likelihood that something is
going to happen. And the way we’re going to
think about it is how many of the outcomes from this trial,
from this picking a marble out of a bag, how many
meet our constraints, satisfy this event? And how many possible
outcomes are there? So let me write the possible
outcomes right over here, so possible outcomes. And you’ll see it’s actually
a very straightforward idea. But I’ll just make sure that
we understand all the words that people might
say, so the set of all the possible outcomes. Well, there’s three
yellow marbles. So I could pick that yellow
marble, that yellow marble, or that yellow marble,
that yellow marble. These are clearly all yellow. There’s two red
marbles in the bag. So I could pick that red
marble or that red marble. There’s two green
marbles in the bag. So I could pick that green
marble or that green marble. And then there’s one
blue marble in the bag. There’s one blue marble. So this is all the
possible outcomes. And sometimes this is referred
to as the sample space, the set of all the
possible outcomes. Fancy word for
just a simple idea, that the sample space, when I
pick something out of the bag, and that picking out of
the bag is called a trial, there’s 8 possible
things I can do. So when I think
about the probability of picking a yellow marble,
I want to think about, well, what are all of
the possibilities? Well, there’s 8 possibilities,
8 possibilities for my trial. So the number of outcomes,
number of possible outcomes, you could view it as the size
of the sample space, number of possible outcomes, And
it’s as simple as saying, look, I have 8 marbles. And then you say,
well, how many of those marbles meet my constraint,
that satisfy this event here? Well, there’s 3 marbles
that satisfy my event. There’s 3 outcomes that will
allow this event to occur, I guess is one way to say it. So there’s 3 right over
here, so number that satisfy the event or the
constraint right over here. So it’s very simple ideas. Many times the
words make them more complicated than they need to. If I say, what’s the probability
of picking a yellow marble? Well, how many different
types of marbles can I pick? Well, there’s 8 different
marbles I could pick. And then how many
of them are yellow? Well, there’s 3 of them
that are actually yellow.

51 thoughts on “Finding probability example | Probability and Statistics | Khan Academy

  1. What if you have a time series and want to compare to see the probability of another time series based on the first time series? Hope you understand my question.

  2. Here's a question that's been bugging me.

    You have a sac of four marbles. A red marble, a yellow marble, a blue marble, and a white marble. If you pull two marbles out at a time, how many ways could you end up with a red marble?

    Is it 6 ways or 3 ways?

    RW, RY, RB
    WR, YR, BR

    To me, a pairing of Red / White is the same as White / Red and doesn't count as a different way. That being the case, the first three pairings are the same as the second three pairings and thus its only three ways instead of six. Since I don't know the answer I am left to only speculate as to whether my logic is accurate or flawed.

  3. I still dont get it… i loterally have to work out whats the probability of rolling a 6 on a dice three times in a row im literally about to top myself

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