The Annals of Mathematical Statistics

Conditional Probability on $\Sigma$-Complete Boolean Algebras

Ardel J. Boes

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Abstract

Probability as measure on a Boolean algebra was presented by Kappos [5], but a treatment of conditional probability relative to a subalgebra is missing. The Stone space of a $\sigma$-complete Boolean algebra (see [10], p. 24) enables one to apply the concepts of conditional probability for a $\sigma$-algebra of subsets of some space (see [2], pp. 15-28), but the problem deserves closer attention. In this note we consider conditional probability with respect to a $\sigma$-subfield of the $\sigma$-field generated by the open-closed subsets of the Stone space of a Boolean $\sigma$-algebra. We show that there is always a regular conditional probability (see [4], p. 80) relative to a full $\sigma$-subalgebra of Baire sets. With a modified definition of probability on a Boolean algebra a treatment of conditional probability is possible without reference to the Stone space. For this a generalized integral is defined and the theory of integration is begun for it. A definition of conditional probability on a $\sigma$-complete Boolean algebra is given for which there is no regularity condition. We conclude the discussion with a study of the relationship of this theory with the conventional theory.

Article information

Source
Ann. Math. Statist., Volume 40, Number 3 (1969), 970-978.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 27 April 2007

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https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoms/1177697601

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/aoms/1177697601

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR245057

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0183.45803

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Citation

Boes, Ardel J. Conditional Probability on $\Sigma$-Complete Boolean Algebras. Ann. Math. Statist. 40 (1969), no. 3, 970--978. doi:10.1214/aoms/1177697601. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoms/1177697601


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