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Conditional independence problem

bl00d

New member
May 30, 2013
6
Help needed.
Let A1, A2 and B be events with P(B)>0. Events A1 and A2 are said to be conditionally independent given B if P(A1nA2|B)=P(A1|B)P(A2|B).

Prove or disprove the following statement:

Suppose 0<P(B)<1. If events A1 and A2 are conditionally independent then A1 and A2 are also condtionally independent of Bcomplement.
 

Fernando Revilla

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MHB Math Helper
Jan 29, 2012
661
Re: conditional independence problem

The figure with the squares. If you prefer, consider $\Omega=\{a,b,c\}$ and the probability $p$ on $\mathcal{P}(\Omega)$ defined by $p(a)=p(b)=p(c)=1/3$, and choose $A_1=\{a\}$, $A_2=\{a,b\}$ and $B=\{c\}$. Let's see what do you obtain.
 

bl00d

New member
May 30, 2013
6
Re: conditional independence problem

The figure with the squares. If you prefer, consider $\Omega=\{a,b,c\}$ and the probability $p$ on $\mathcal{P}(\Omega)$ defined by $p(a)=p(b)=p(c)=1/3$, and choose $A_1=\{a\}$, $A_2=\{a,b\}$ and $B=\{c\}$. Let's see what do you obtain.
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