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Re: probability question about the dice game
Posted:
Feb 15, 2013 2:16 PM


pepstein5@gmail.com wrote:
>I've lived in the States. I've lived in the UK. People say >things like "The odds of winning the lottery are millions to one."
In this context, it means "millions to one _against_".
The "against" can be omitted without loss of clarity since the context makes it clear that it has to be "against".
But when the probabilities are less clear, the odds should be taken literally, that is,
odds of a to b means a probability of a/(a+b).
If one says,
"The odds are 2to1 that it will rain tomorrow"
that means a 2/3 chance of rain.
On the other hand, if one
"The odds are 2to1 against rain tomorrow"
that means a 1/3 chance of rain.
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