What is a Favorable Outcome? Definition and Examples

A favorable outcome is the outcome you are specifically interested in or investigating in an experiment. 

For example, suppose you roll a fair six-sided die and you are interested in rolling an odd number. The favorable outcomes are 1 3, and 5. 

Other Examples of Favorable Outcomes

  • Suppose you toss a coin 100 times and you are interested in seeing how many times the coin will land on heads. The total number of times the coin lands on heads (40 times for example) is the number of favorable outcomes.
  • Suppose you draw a card from a standard deck of 52 cards and you want to draw the number 2. The favorable outcomes are the 4 twos in the deck.
  • Suppose you live in a country where it is not easy to get a sunny day. Suppose also you are interested in the number of times this country gets a sunny day. Each time you get a sunny day, it is a favorable outcome.
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