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Axioms of Probablity

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Give an factory of cell phones there is a .5 rejections, .2 repaired, and .2 acceptable. Does this follow the axioms of probability.

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Sample space = 1;
Probaby: 0 -1
P(AnB)=P(A)+P(B)

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Technically this does follow the axioms, there is just a 10% chance there is another issue of a board. Be it missing or something. Is that right?
 

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It depends. If you say that 10% is neither accepted, rejected or repaired (so there is something else), you are correct.

If however there are only 3 possibilities (accept-reject-repair), you are wrong, since then ##\mathbb{P}(\Omega) = 0.9 \neq 1##.
 
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Hint: the probability on the sample space must be 1. I.e., ##P(\Omega)=1##.

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Well technically with how the question is worded it the sample space is accounted for. I guess we we assume there is only 3 conditions of a cell phone it's not accounted for. If we assume they there could be another option that wasn't listed it does account for 100% of the cases.
 
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Well technically with how the question is worded it the sample space is accounted for. I guess we we assume there is only 3 conditions of a cell phone it's not accounted for. If we assume they there could be another option that wasn't listed it does account for 100% of the cases.
Yes, I edited my post. Please have a look.
 
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Homework Statement


Give an factory of cell phones there is a .5 rejections, .2 repaired, and .2 acceptable. Does this follow the axioms of probability.

Homework Equations


Sample space = 1;
Probaby: 0 -1
P(AnB)=P(A)+P(B)

The Attempt at a Solution


Technically this does follow the axioms, there is just a 10% chance there is another issue of a board. Be it missing or something. Is that right?
You must also make assumptions that, say, repaired and acceptable are mutually exclusive.

The question is badly worded, IMO. Simply quoting three numbers says nothing about the axioms of probability. It is mathematically imprecise.
 

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