# st: RE: probabilistic interpretation of the word chance in french, english and spanish

 From "Salvati, Jean" <[email protected]> To <[email protected]> Subject st: RE: probabilistic interpretation of the word chance in french, english and spanish Date Fri, 28 Jan 2005 09:49:15 -0500

```In French, the word "chance" has a positive connotation. Depending on the context, it means either "luck" or the probability of a positive outcome.

Jean Salvati

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> Dear Statalisters:
> it is not a Stata question, but may be some can help me in  a
> subject related with the correct translation to portuguese of
> the expression odds
> ratio:
> defining p1 as the probability of a success in group 1, the
> odds for group 1 is (are?) p1/(1-p1).
> defining p2 as the probability of a success in group 2, the
> odds for group 2 is p2/(1-p2).
> the odds ratio is [p1(1-p2)]/[p2(1-p1)]. For the interested
> in portuguese, I would translate as "raz�o das raz�es de
> probabilidades" (sorry for the tilde ~).
> Now, the word _chance_ is much used in portuguese,
> coloquially, with the meaning, inter alia, of possibility.
> But some people in Epidemiology is using as a translation for
> odds ratio the expression "raz�o de chances", assuming that,
> in English or French, in the field of Statistics,
> chance=odds. If this is true, that translation for portuguese
> can be accepted (even if I did not like it).
> Then, the question: how is the probabilistic interpretation
> of the word chance? Is it p or is it p/(1-p)?
> Thanks and excuses for so long a question and perhaps of
> little interest for those that do not speak portuguese.
> Jose Maria
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