# probability question, not sure how to write this equation out.

• Jan 24th 2013, 11:56 AM
probability question, not sure how to write this equation out.
Suppose that the probability of a person having a headache is 0.01, that the probability of a person having a fever given that the person has a headache is 0.4, and that the probability of a person having a fever is 0.02. Find the probability that a person has a headache given that the person has a fever.
• Jan 24th 2013, 12:09 PM
HallsofIvy
Re: probability question, not sure how to write this equation out.
Here's how I would do that: Imagine 10000 people. 0.01 of them, or 100, have a headache. 0.04 of those people, or 4, have fever. But we also know that 0.02 of the original 10000, or 200, have a fever. So 4 of the 200 people with a fever also have a headache. Given that person has a fever, there is a 4/200= .02 probability they also have a headache.
• Jan 24th 2013, 12:59 PM
Plato
Re: probability question, not sure how to write this equation out.
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Given: $\mathcal{P}(H)=.01,~\mathcal{P}(F)=.02,~\& ~\mathcal{P}(F|H)=.04$.
You want to find $\mathcal{P}(H|F)=\frac{\mathcal{P}(H\cap F)}{\mathcal{P}(F)}$,
So to do that, you need to know $\mathcal{P}(H\cap F)$.