vscid wrote:

chix475ntu wrote:

1/2(finding in 1st store) + 1/4(not in first but in second) + 1/8(not in first and second but in 3rd) = 7/8

chix475ntu,

Why is that we add probabilities here, whereas, if we want to find probability of not finding tea in any of the stores, we multiply them. (1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2) ?

CASE II: the same problem can be solved in the following way = 1 - no tea in any of the 3 stores = 1 - 1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2 = 7/8.

CASE I: the probabilities are independent in the case I as I find the tea in the first store, then i am good. If not, then for hte second case, i dont find the tea in the first store and hten i find it in the second store etc.

CASE II: the 3 possibilities are dependent - as we say that I dont find the tea in 1st store, then 2nd store and then 3rd store.

** Also, this is case by case basis, just because i add the probabilities in this case doesnt mean that its always the case, I just did that as it applies to this case as I have 3 possibilities of finding tea(1st store, 2nd store, 3rd store) and by calculating one by one, the probabilities are different. Let me know if you want any further explanation.