Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspɛr.ə.mənt/ Explain

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

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 the coin shows heads or tails.


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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
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