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January 23rd, 2018, 08:54 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 245 Thanks: 2  Linked probabilities for multiple events
Here is an interesting problem that I have come up with that involves multiple probabilities. A species is monogamous and any pair will have at least 1 child unless genetics say otherwise. Adolescents make up 12% of the population and preadolescents make up 18% of the population There is a probability of .5% that 1 member of a pair(either the female or the male) is completely sterile due to genetics. But there is a 20% chance that 1 member of the pair is infertile(has not had a child in 1 year). Infertile couples have a 5% monthly chance of pregnancy if just 1 member is infertile and a 2% monthly chance of pregnancy if both members of a pair are infertile. Only members above 26 years old(adult age for the species) have children without danger. Adolescent pregnancy is dangerous and so if an adolescent happens to get pregnant, that adolescent has to do 1 of 2 things. Either: The adolescent isolates herself from everybody else by going into the wilderness and staying pregnant Or The adolescent gets an induced miscarriage. Having a miscarriage makes adolescents 50% less likely to become pregnant, by accident or trying. 95% of adolescents would prefer a miscarriage over the wilderness. There is a 40% chance that an adolescent will survive alone in the wilderness. Nondisjunction during meiosis is rare, it only happens 2% of the time. Number of X chromosomes does not affect fertility Average age of death is 100 years. Miscarriage that is not induced happens about 5% of the time. Twin births are rare, only .01%. But out of those 50% are fraternal and 50% are identical. Twin pregnancies are more common but are still rare at 2%. 10% of these will have 1 natural miscarriage, 5% will have both twins with a natural miscarriage, and the other 84.9% are mostly stillbirths with only 5% of females pregnant with twins having an induced miscarriage. Triplets and higher are so rare that they aren't taken into consideration. Preterm labor has a 10% chance of occuring overall. Here are the chances at different times for females in preterm labor:
There is a 1% chance that the Y chromosome does not have male genes due to meiosis and thus a 1% chance that the X chromosome has male genes. Out of the possibilities that don't have maleless Y chromosomes or X chromosomes with male genes, there is an exact 50/50 split between males and females for singletons and twins. Stillbirth rates are at 4% So given all these events, what is the probability that a given member of the species who has become pregnant will have at least 1 female that survives after birth(probability I think will be the same for having a male)? So the twin probabilities get added to the singleton probabilities. Now, I am wanting to solve this myself but there are lots of percents here. I know I will have to add and multiply and subtract but how can I solve this complex problem for the probability of having at least 1 female? Last edited by caters; January 23rd, 2018 at 09:00 PM. 
January 24th, 2018, 11:53 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Nov 2013 Posts: 245 Thanks: 2 
Oh and the stillbirths with twin pregnancies, 95% of those are just with 1 baby due to position and 5% of them are both babies.


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