Independent & Dependent Compound Events

Independent Events

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Independent Events

Discuss the following with your classmates.

  • Two events are said to be independent if the outcome of one event does not influence the outcome of the other event.
  • Two events are said to be dependent if the outcome of the one event does influence the outcome of the second event.
  • An example of a dependent event is if you draw an ace from a deck of cards and do not replace it. After drawing the ace, the deck has one less ace than it did before. Thus, the probability of drawing an ace on the second try has been affected by the outcome of first event.