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    Probability that a load may exceed capacity

    In engineering, typically we design structures to withstand a certain load. Given that there are uncertainties in both, we apply a factor of safety to give a "buffer" between the computed capacity and the load. Here's my question: If the load has a certain probability distribution and if...
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    Probability Distribution of a Subset

    I was wondering, if you have a set with data that follows a certain probability distribution, will the subset have that same distribution? Lately it has come up for me in several questions, one being: Say that you have a pool of applicants for a job and that pool has a certain diversity. If...