**Algebra of Events**

Number of favorable outcomes to the total number of outcomes is defined as the probability of occurrence of any event.

Certain operations we perform on sets are applicable to **probability**. Two or more events can be combined using various operations as union, intersection, complement and so on. Let us study about these operations in the upcoming discussion.

Let us take events associated with any random experiment having the sample space S.

i) **Complementary Event:** For any event E1 there exists another event E1 which represents the remaining elements of the sample space S.

If a dice is rolled then the sample space S is given as S = {1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 }. If event E1 represents all the outcomes which is greater than 4 then E1 = {5,6} then, E1 = {1,2,3,4}.

Thus E_1 is the complement of the event E1. Similarly the complement of E_{1}, E_{2}, E_{3}……….E_{n}

will be represented as E_{1}, E_{2}, E_{3}………E_{n}.

ii)** Events associated with “OR”:** If two events E_{1} and E_{2} are associated with OR then it means that either E_{1} or E_{2} or both. The union symbol(∪) is used to represent OR in probability.

Thus the event E_{1}, E_{2} denotes E_{1}, E_{2}.

If we have mutually exhaustive events E_{1},E_{2},E_{3}………E_{n} associated with sample space S then,

E_{1}, E_{2}, E_{3}………E_{n} = S

iii) **Events associated with “AND”:**If two events E_{1} and E_{2} are associated with AND then it means the intersection of elements which is common to both the events. The intersection symbol(∩) is used to represent AND in probability.

Thus the event E_{1}, E_{2} denotes E_{1} and E_{2}.

iv) Event E_{1} but not E_{2}: It represents the difference of both the events. E_{1}, E_{2} represents all the outcomes which are present in E_{1} but not in E_{2}. Thus the event E_{1} but not E_{2} is represented as

E_{1}, E_{2} = E_{1} E_{2}

To have a better insight let us consider an example:

**Example**: In the game of snakes and ladders a fair die is thrown. If event E_{1} represents all the events of getting a natural number less than 4, event E_{2} consists of all the events of getting an even number and E_{3} denotes all the events of getting an odd number. List the sets representing the following:

i)E_{1} or E_{2} or E_{3}

ii)E_{1} and E_{2} and E_{3}

iii)E_{1} but not E_{3}

Solution:

The sample space is given as S = {1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6}

E_{1} = {1,2,3}

E_{2} = {2,4,6}

E_{3} = {1,3,5}

i)E_{1} or E_{2} or E_{3}= E_{1} E_{2} E_{3}= {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

ii)E_{1} and E_{2} and E_{3} = E_{1} E_{2} E_{3} = ∅

iii)E_{1} but E_{3} = E_{1} E_{2}= {2}

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