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    Default Probability vs. Likelihood

    Hello, my wonderful community!

    I wonder what is the difference between probability and likelihood. These two words have exactly the same meaning. How we can use them correctly?

    Grateful for your responses in advance.

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    Default Re: Probability vs. Likelihood

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma Ray;721527[SIZE=2

    I wonder what is the difference between probability and likelihood. These two words have exactly the same meaning. How we can use them correctly?
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    Probability seems slightly more 'scientific', likelihood less formal. That's a personal response, not based on any research.

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    Default Re: Probability vs. Likelihood

    Probability and likelihood are related but different concepts in mathematics. Have a look at Likelihood function - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Probability vs. Likelihood

    Some useful collocations:

    Probability

    ADJ. high, real, strong, greater, increased, low
    e.g.: There´s a high probability that it will snow tonight.

    QUANT. degree
    e.g.: We can say with a high degree of probability that the poem was written by Shakespeare.

    VERB + PROBABILITY have, increase, reduce, assess, calculate, judge

    Likelihood

    ADJ. every, greater, increased, real, strong
    e.g.: There´s every likelihood that she´ll be able to help us.

    VERB + LIKELIHOOD decrease, minimize, reduce, increase, maximize, raise, affect
    e.g.: Taking regular exercise reduces the likelihood of a heart attack.

    LIKELIHOOD + VERB grow, diminish

    Source: Oxford Collocations Dictionary.
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    Default Re: Probability vs. Likelihood

    Outside of a mathematical context, I don't differentiate them at all, and I use "likely" and "probable" without any shades of difference in meaning as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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