ABSTRACT

A sample space, S, is defined as the set of all possible outcomes of an experiment. If the outcomes in S are equally likely, we call S an equally probable sample space. Any subset of S is called an event. For example, if a box contains three chips numbered 1,2,3 and we draw one chip from the box in such a way that each of the three chips is equally likely to be selected, then {1,2,3} is an equally probable sample space and ϕ(empty set), {1}, {2}, {3}, {1,2}, {1,3}, {2,3}, {1,2,3} are events. For this experiment {odd, even} is also a sample space but it is not an equally probable sample space since an odd outcome is twice as likely as an even outcome.