Sample space

by Tsvi BT May 25 2016 updated May 25 2016

The set of possible things that could happen in a part of the world that you are uncertain about.

[summary: A sample space is the set $~$\Omega$~$ of possible ways that a part of the world might be, as far as you know.]


If we are uncertain about some part of the world, then there are multiple different things that might happen there, as far as we know. The sample space for a part of the world is the set of things that could possibly happen there. We can use a sample space to reason using probability theory, so that we assign probabilities to [event_probability events] in a consistent way.


A sample space is a set, usually denoted $~$\Omega$~$.

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