# Understanding Statistical Probabilities of Observing Events

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1. Assume that company A makes 80% of all electrocardiograph machines, company B make 15% of them, and the company C makes the other 5%. The electrocardiographs machines made by company A have a 4% rate of defects, the company B machines have a 5% rate of defects, while the company C machines have a 8% rate of defects.

a) If a particular electrocardiograph machine is randomly selected from the general population of all such machines, find the probability that is was made by company A.

b) If a randomly selected electrocardiograph machine is then tested and is found to be defective, find the probability that it was made by the com¬pany A.

c) If a particular electrocardiograph machine is randomly selected from the general population of all such machines, find the probability that it was made by company A and it is defective.

d) If a particular electrocardiograph machine is randomly selected from the general population of all such machines, find the probability that is was made by company A but it is not defective.

2. Police report that 88% of drivers stopped on suspicion of drunk driving are given a breath test, 15% a blood test, and 10% both tests. What is the probability that the next driver stopped on suspicion of drunk driving is given

i) at least one of the tests?

ii) a blood test or a breath test, but not both?

iii) neither test?

iv) Consider the two events given a blood test and given a breath test. Are the events independent? Are these disjoint events?

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1. Assume that company A makes 80% of all electrocardiograph machines, company B make 15% of them, and the company C makes the other 5%. The electrocardiographs machines made by company A have a 4% rate of defects, the company B machines have a 5% rate of defects, while the company C machines have a 8% rate of defects.

Let A be the event that company A makes a randomly selected machine

Let B be the event that company B makes a randomly selected machine

Let C be the event that company C makes a randomly selected machine

Let D be the event that a randomly selected machine is defective

The information given in the problem is summarized in the table ...

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