# Probability Question

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In a class, 20% of the students are male and 80% female. Among male students, 40% wears eye glasses; among female students, 30% wear eye glasses. If we select a student from the class at random, what is the probability that the student wears eye glasses?

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Let the proportion of males in the school be given as p(Male) = 20 per 100 students
Total proportion of females in the school be given as p(Female) = 80 per 100 students
Given that male students who wear glasses are p(Glasses|Male) = 40 males per 100 male students
So total proportion of male students in school who wear glasses are p(Male who wear glasses) = 40/100 * 20/100 = 800/10000 = 8/100 = 0.08; that is 8 male students per 100 students wear glasses.
Similarly given that proportion of female students who wear glasses is p(Glasses|Female) = 30/100 which means 30 females per 100 female students.
So proportion of female students who wear glasses in school are p(Females who wear glasses) = 30/100 * 80/100 = 2400/10000 = 0.24 that is 24 female students out of 100 students wear eyeglasses

So total proportion of students in the school who wear eye glasses are
p(Glasses) = 0.08 + 0.24 = 0.32
that is 32 out of 100 students in school wear eyeglasses.

So 32% students overall wear eye glasses.

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