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Calculating with Sets

When combining two or more sets by union or intersection, the following rules have to be applied:
 
 
Commutative Law A B = B A
Associative Law (A B) C = A (B C)
Distributive Law (A B) C = 
(A C) (B C)
De Morgan's Laws ~(A B) = ~A   ~B
~(A  B) = ~A   ~B

A visualization of the distributive law:
AuB C =
(A B) C
AC BC = AC u BC
(A C) (B C) (A C) (B C)

Example: When we define an additional event C {number larger than 1} and calculate the union and intersection of all three events A, B and C, we find that the probability of the union equals 1 and the probability of the intersection is zero.

Event Sample points Probability
A { 2 4 6} 3*1/6
B {1 2 3} 3*1/6
C {2 3 4 5 6} 5*1/6
A B {1 2 3 4 5 6} 6*1/6
A B C {} 0*1/6

Last Update: 2012-10-08