# probability

- The likelihood of the occurrence of an event, measured by the ratio of likely occurrences to the total number of possible occurrences. Probabilities can be expressed as
**(i)*******percentages,**(ii)**decimals between 0 and 1,**(iii)**fractions, and**(iv)**qualitative estimates (e.g., high, medium, and low). Using percentages, a probability of 0 percent suggests that an event will never occur, while a probability of 100 percent suggests that an event will occur with*****certainty. See also*****expected value,*****risk, and*****uncertainty.

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