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    Probability rules

    If event A is a subset of event B, is it safe to say P(B-A) = P(B) - P(A)? In general, is it safe to say P(A+B) = P(A) + P(B), P(A*B) = P(A)*P(B), P(A/B) = P(A) / P(B), etc.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog View Post
    If event A is a subset of event B, is it safe to say P(B-A) = P(B) - P(A)? In general, is it safe to say P(A+B) = P(A) + P(B), P(A*B) = P(A)*P(B), P(A/B) = P(A) / P(B), etc.?
    no.

    none of these are true in general. btw, what is P(A/B) supposed to mean?

    for that matter, what is P(B - A) and P(A + B) supposed to mean? are you using them to mean P(B and notA) and P(A u B) respectively? no one uses that notation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog View Post
    If event A is a subset of event B, is it safe to say P(B-A) = P(B) - P(A)? In general, is it safe to say P(A+B) = P(A) + P(B), P(A*B) = P(A)*P(B), P(A/B) = P(A) / P(B), etc.?
    If event A is a subset of event B, then  P(A \cap B) = P(A).

    by P(B-A), \mbox{do you mean} P(B)-P(A \cap B)?? Then your answer would be yes.

    And what is P(A+B)?? Please clarify!
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    Ok point taken. Anyways, here's a problem I'm kinda stumped on:
    "Let A_1, A_2,..., A_n be a sequence of increasing events of a sample space, i.e. A_i is a subset of A_{i+1}, i \geq 1.
    Let B_1 = A_1, B_i = A_i - A_{i-1}, i \geq 2. Note that \bigcup_{i=1}^{\infty} A_i = \bigcup_{i=1}^{\infty} B_i.

    a. Use the events B_1, B_2,... to prove that \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} P(A_n) = P(\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty} A_n). This proves that probability is a continuous function, because the increasing sequence of events { A_n, n \geq 1} is a convergence sequence."


    Does anyone have any idea how to prove lim P( ) = P[lim ( )] in general? I'll be happy if you can show me that; no need to help me completely for that whole part.
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