Affinity in paired event probability

Stephen Blythe, Stavros Busenberg, Carlos Castillo-Chavez

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It is shown that a general parametric functional generates the conditional and joint probabilities of event pairs when the order within paired events is irrelevant. The parameters represent affinities or associations between single events. If the marginal probabilities of the single events are known, then these parameters specify a hypersurface on which all the joint probabilities of event pairs must lie. Examples are presented, and applications in probability, ecology, epidemiology, genetics, and distribution theory are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-284
Number of pages20
JournalMathematical Biosciences
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics


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