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French Equivalent: Probabilité directe

An expression which is supposed to be antithetical to inverse probability, although neither expression is very logical. It usually denotes probability when used to proceed from the given probabilities of prior events to the probabilities of contingent events.

For example, if it is given that the probability of throwing each number with an ordinary six faced die is one sixth, the probability of throwing a score of 15 in three throws is directly ascertainable.

The relation is analogous to the deductive relations of logic.

Source Publication:
A Dictionary of Statistical Terms, 5th edition, prepared for the International Statistical Institute by F.H.C. Marriott. Published for the International Statistical Institute by Longman Scientific and Technical.

Cross References:
Inverse probability

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Sunday, May 19, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, March 04, 2003