Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt/ ?

In probability, an experiment is making an event happen, and recording the outcomes.

For example, when we flip a coin and write down whether it came out heads or tails, we are doing an experiment. The event is the coin toss. The outcome is whether it is heads or tails.


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More Information

  • McAdams, David. Probability. lifeisastoryproblem.com. lifeisastoryproblem.com. 2009-04-03. http://www.lifeisastoryproblem.com/probability/index.html.

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2010-02-02: Added "References" (McAdams, David.)
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