conditional probability

noun

Definition of conditional probability

: the probability that a given event will occur if it is certain that another event has taken place or will take place

Examples of conditional probability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doyle believes the humpback whales have conditional probabilities in their language. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018 The conditional probability wasn’t specified in Mr. Suva’s research note. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "How Do Pundits Never Get It Wrong? Call a 40% Chance," 10 Mar. 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Conditional probability.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conditional%20probability. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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