# Log

• Feb 24th 2006, 12:47 PM
Log
I am trying to understand the calculation of log odds. I'm provided with the following example: 4 out of 5 are A or a .80 probability and 1 out of 5 are T or .20. The possible values are A,T,C or G.

My example indicates that the log odds for A is +1.16 and T is -0.22. I am not able to duplicate this result. Can you explain the steps calculate the log odds from these probabilities?

Thank you.

The funny part is that I am good at individual subjects like Probability by itself or logs by itself So who was the genius who came up with log odds?
• Feb 25th 2006, 01:15 AM
CaptainBlack
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I am trying to understand the calculation of log odds. I'm provided with the following example: 4 out of 5 are A or a .80 probability and 1 out of 5 are T or .20. The possible values are A,T,C or G.

My example indicates that the log odds for A is +1.16 and T is -0.22. I am not able to duplicate this result. Can you explain the steps calculate the log odds from these probabilities?

Thank you.

The funny part is that I am good at individual subjects like Probability by itself or logs by itself So who was the genius who came up with log odds?

The log-odds of an event of probability $p$ is the value of
$\mathrm{logit}(p)$, defined as:

$
\mathrm{logit}(p)=\log\left(\frac{p}{1-p}\right)=\log(p)-\log(1-p)
$
,

where the $\log$ is usually the natural logarithm.
So the log-odds of A are:

$
\mbox{log-odds}(A)=\mathrm{logit}(0.8)=\log(4)=1.386
$

and:

$
\mbox{log-odds}(T)=\mathrm{logit}(0.2)=\log(0.25)=-1.386
$
.

RonL
• Feb 25th 2006, 09:05 AM