A contingency table provides a way of portraying data that can facilitate calculating probabilities. The table helps in determining conditional probabilities quite easily. The table displays sample values in relation to two different variables that may be dependent or contingent on one another. Later on, we will use contingency tables again, but in another manner.

## Example 3.20

### Problem

Suppose a study of speeding violations and drivers who use cell phones produced the following fictional data:

Speeding violation in the last year | No speeding violation in the last year | Total | |
---|---|---|---|

Uses cell phone while driving | 25 | 280 | 305 |

Does not use cell phone while driving | 45 | 405 | 450 |

Total | 70 | 685 | 755 |

The total number of people in the sample is 755. The row totals are 305 and 450. The column totals are 70 and 685. Notice that 305 + 450 = 755 and 70 + 685 = 755.

Calculate the following probabilities using the table.

a. Find *P*(Driver is a cell phone user).

b. Find *P*(driver had no violation in the last year).

c. Find *P*(Driver had no violation in the last year AND was a cell phone user).

d. Find *P*(Driver is a cell phone user OR driver had no violation in the last year).

e. Find *P*(Driver is a cell phone user GIVEN driver had a violation in the last year).

f. Find *P*(Driver had no violation last year GIVEN driver was not a cell phone user)

### Solution

a. $\frac{\text{numberofcellphoneusers}}{\text{totalnumberinstudy}}\text{}=\text{}\frac{305}{755}$

b. $\frac{\text{numberthathadnoviolation}}{\text{totalnumberinstudy}}\text{}=\text{}\frac{685}{755}$

c. $\frac{280}{755}$

d. $\left(\frac{305}{755}\text{}+\text{}\frac{685}{755}\right)\text{}-\text{}\frac{280}{755}\text{}=\text{}\frac{710}{755}$

e. $\frac{25}{70}$ (The sample space is reduced to the number of drivers who had a violation.)

f. $\frac{405}{450}$ (The sample space is reduced to the number of drivers who were not cell phone users.)

## Try It 3.20

Table 3.4 shows the number of athletes who stretch before exercising and how many had injuries within the past year.

Injury in last year | No injury in last year | Total | |
---|---|---|---|

Stretches | 55 | 295 | 350 |

Does not stretch | 231 | 219 | 450 |

Total | 286 | 514 | 800 |

- What is
*P*(athlete stretches before exercising)? - What is
*P*(athlete stretches before exercising|no injury in the last year)?

## Example 3.21

Table 3.5 shows a random sample of 100 hikers and the areas of hiking they prefer.

Sex | The Coastline | Near Lakes and Streams | On Mountain Peaks | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|

Women | 18 | 16 | 45 | |

Men | 14 | 55 | ||

Total | 41 |

### Problem

a. Complete the table.

### Solution

a.

Sex | The Coastline | Near Lakes and Streams | On Mountain Peaks | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|

Women | 18 | 16 | 11 |
45 |

Men | 16 |
25 |
14 | 55 |

Total | 34 |
41 | 25 |
100 |

### Problem

b. Are the events "being a woman" and "preferring the coastline" independent events?

Let *F* = being a woman and let *C* = preferring the coastline.

- Find
*P*(*F*AND*C*). - Find
*P*(*F*)*P*(*C*)

Are these two numbers the same? If they are, then *F* and *C* are independent. If they are not, then *F* and *C* are not independent.

### Solution

b.

*P*(*F*AND*C*) = $\frac{18}{100}$ = 0.18*P*(*F*)*P*(*C*) = $\left(\frac{45}{100}\right)\left(\frac{34}{100}\right)$ = (0.45)(0.34) = 0.153

*P*(*F* AND *C*) ≠ *P*(*F*)*P*(*C*), so the events *F* and *C* are not independent.

### Problem

c. Find the probability that a person is a man given that the person prefers hiking near lakes and streams. Let *M* = being a man, and let *L* = prefers hiking near lakes and streams.

- What word tells you this is a conditional?
- Fill in the blanks and calculate the probability:
*P*(___|___) = ___. - Is the sample space for this problem all 100 hikers? If not, what is it?

### Solution

c.

- The word 'given' tells you that this is a conditional.
*P*(*M*|*L*) = $\frac{25}{41}$- No, the sample space for this problem is the 41 hikers who prefer lakes and streams.

### Problem

d. Find the probability that a person is a woman or prefers hiking on mountain peaks. Let *F* = being a woman, and let *P* = prefers mountain peaks.

- Find
*P*(*F*). - Find
*P*(*P*). - Find
*P*(*F*AND*P*). - Find
*P*(*F*OR*P*).

### Solution

d.

*P*(*F*) = $\frac{45}{100}$*P*(*P*) = $\frac{25}{100}$*P*(*F*AND*P*) = $\frac{11}{100}$*P*(*F*OR*P*) = $\frac{45}{100}$ + $\frac{25}{100}$ - $\frac{11}{100}$ = $\frac{59}{100}$

## Try It 3.21

Table 3.7 shows a random sample of 200 cyclists and the routes they prefer. Let *O* = older and *H* = hilly path.

Age Group | Lake Path | Hilly Path | Wooded Path | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|

Younger | 45 | 38 | 27 | 110 |

Older | 26 | 52 | 12 | 90 |

Total | 71 | 90 | 39 | 200 |

- Out of the older group, what is the probability that the cyclist prefers a hilly path?
- Are the events “being older” and “preferring the hilly path” independent events?

## Example 3.22

Muddy Mouse lives in a cage with three doors. If Muddy goes out the first door, the probability that he gets caught by Alissa the cat is $\frac{1}{5}\text{}$ and the probability he is not caught is $\frac{4}{5}\text{}$. If he goes out the second door, the probability he gets caught by Alissa is $\frac{1}{4}$ and the probability he is not caught is $\frac{3}{4}$. The probability that Alissa catches Muddy coming out of the third door is $\frac{1}{2}$ and the probability she does not catch Muddy is $\frac{1}{2}$. It is equally likely that Muddy will choose any of the three doors so the probability of choosing each door is $\frac{1}{3}$.

Caught or Not | Door One | Door Two | Door Three | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|

Caught | $\frac{1}{15}\text{}$ | $\frac{1}{12}\text{}$ | $\frac{1}{6}\text{}$ | |

Not Caught | $\frac{4}{15}$ | $\frac{3}{12}$ | $\frac{1}{6}$ | |

Total | 1 |

- The first entry $\frac{1}{15}=\left(\frac{1}{5}\right)\left(\frac{1}{3}\right)$ is
*P*(Door One AND Caught) - The entry
$\frac{4}{15}=\left(\frac{4}{5}\right)\left(\frac{1}{3}\right)$ is
*P*(Door One AND Not Caught)

Verify the remaining entries.

### Problem

a. Complete the probability contingency table. Calculate the entries for the totals. Verify that the lower-right corner entry is 1.

b. What is the probability that Alissa does not catch Muddy?

c. What is the probability that Muddy chooses Door One OR Door Two given that Muddy is caught by Alissa?

### Solution

a.

Caught or Not | Door One | Door Two | Door Three | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|

Caught | $\frac{1}{15}\text{}$ | $\frac{1}{12}\text{}$ | $\frac{1}{6}\text{}$ | $\frac{19}{60}$ |

Not Caught | $\frac{4}{15}$ | $\frac{3}{12}$ | $\frac{1}{6}$ | $\frac{41}{60}$ |

Total | $\frac{5}{15}$ |
$\frac{4}{12}$ |
$\frac{2}{6}$ |
1 |

b. $\frac{41}{60}$

c. $\frac{9}{19}$

## Try It 3.22

Anna has to buy a new car. She has two choices, car A and car B. Anna can afford only one car. The probability that Anna will buy car A is $P\left(A\right)=0.25$, and the probability that Anna will buy car B is $P\left(B\right)=0.65$. Find:

- $P(AANDB)$
- $P(AORB)$

## Example 3.23

Table 3.10 contains the number of crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in the United States over the span of several years.

Year | Robbery | Burglary | Vandalism | Vehicle | Total |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

1 | 145.7 | 732.1 | 29.7 | 314.7 | |

2 | 133.1 | 717.7 | 29.1 | 259.2 | |

3 | 119.3 | 701 | 27.7 | 239.1 | |

4 | 113.7 | 702.2 | 26.8 | 229.6 | |

Total |

### Problem

TOTAL each column and each row. Total data = 4,520.7

- Find
*P*(Year 2 AND Robbery). - Find
*P*(Year 3 AND Burglary). - Find
*P*(Year 3 OR Burglary). - Find
*P*(Year 4 | Vandalism). - Find
*P*(Vehicle | Year 1).

### Solution

a. 0.0294, b. 0.1551, c. 0.7165, d. 0.2365, e. 0.2575

## Try It 3.23

Table 3.11 relates the weights and heights of a group of individuals participating in an observational study.

Weight/Height | Tall | Medium | Short | Totals |
---|---|---|---|---|

Overweight | 18 | 28 | 14 | |

Typical Weight Range | 20 | 51 | 28 | |

Underweight | 12 | 25 | 9 | |

Totals |

- Find the total for each row and column
- Find the probability that a randomly chosen individual from this group is Tall.
- Find the probability that a randomly chosen individual from this group is Overweight and Tall.
- Find the probability that a randomly chosen individual from this group is Tall given that the individual is Overweight.
- Find the probability that a randomly chosen individual from this group is Overweight given that the individual is Tall.
- Find the probability a randomly chosen individual from this group is Tall and Underweight.
- Are the events Overweight and Tall independent?