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Probability, Laws of

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The laws of probability are a collection of equations that define probabilistic relationships among events. The validity of each equation, or probability law, often depends on the events having met certain conditions. Thus, each law is accompanied by a list of what, if anything, must be assumed about the events in question for the law to hold. There is no specific number or set of equations defined by the term laws of probability. A list that covers probabilistic relationships that are most often of interest, such as the probability that at least one of two events occurs, or the probability that two events occur together, is given here. Probability laws are employed frequently in quantitative research, as they are an essential piece of the foundation ...

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