Probability and likelihood

  • Jeremy J. RamsdenEmail author
Part of the Computational Biology book series (COBO, volume 10)

In everyday speech, statements such as “probably the train will be late” or “probably it will be foggy tomorrow” have the character of judgements. Formally, however (i.e., in the sense used throughout this book), probabilities do not refer to judgments, but to possible results (outcomes) of an experiment. These outcomes constitute the “sample space.” For example, attributing a probability of 0.6 to an event means that the event is expected to occur 60 times out of 100. This is the “frequentist” concept of probability, based on random choices from a defined population.


Simple Event Sample Space Inverse Probability Scatter Matrix Compound Event 
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© Springer-Verlag London 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cranfield University School of Applied SciencesBedfordshire, UK

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