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# This is really a math question. I see betting odds at various

This is really a math question. I see betting odds at various sites about the chances of the Democrat winning the election in November. I see these odds 4/9 2/5 8/15 27/50
4/11 Now I know 2/5 does not mean Obama has only 40% chance to be reelected.

I am asking what these odds means in terms of his percentage chance to win reelection?

David :

hello,

David :

I guess you need to say 2-5 odds

David :

indeed this is not 40% because calculation is as follows:

David :

you add 2+5=7 and then calculate 2/7 which is approximately 28.57%

David :

the reason is that 2-5 means that winning 2 but loosing 5 out of total 7 possible outcomes.

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