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Medical Tests and Convergence

by Stephen Friedberg (Illinois State University)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
February, 2002

Subject classification(s): Elementary Probability | Probability | Statistics and Probability
Applicable Course(s): 7.2 Probability

A patient takes a medical test but only wants to hear from her doctor if the news is good. In this article, the author analyzes the probabilities associated with various notification methods.

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Probability | Joint, Marginal, Conditional Distributions
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