[rc5] minor quibble with stats

Rebecca and Rowland rebecca at astrid.u-net.com
Thu Jul 3 07:38:18 EDT 1997


>Date: Wed, 25 Jun 97 15:04:47
>From: "Ronald Van Iwaarden" <rrt0136 at ibm.net>
>Subject: [rc5] minor quibble with stats
>
>Hi,
>	Just a minor error in the executive summary.  It says that
>the "odds" of finding the key in the next 24hrs when it should be the
>"Probability" of finding the key in the next 24hrs...
>

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, 8th Edition, 1990:

odds: n.pl. 1 the ratio between the amounts staked by the parties to a bet,
based on the expected probability either way.  2 the chances or balance of
probability in favour of or against some result
[snip further definitions]

The word `odds' used in this sense (2) is perfectly correct idiomatic
English in Britain.

Rowland.


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