By Mark Rubinstein
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Despite the reputation of his treatise and like Pascal (1654) and Pascal-Fermat (1654), Huygens makes no reference to our current notion of probability. Moreover, although Huygens’ results can be and have been interpreted in terms of our modern notions of probability and expectation, he had something else in mind. For him, expectation is the amount someone should pay for a gamble. So in one of the curious reversals in intellectual history, a problem in investments provided motivation for the birth of modern probability theory (rather than, as might have been suspected, the other way around)!
STATISTICS, MORTALITY TABLES, EXPECTED LIFETIME he field of investments is distinguished by being, after games of chance, the first to feel the benefits of the new probabilistic reasoning. In turn, applications in this area led to further advances in probability theory and literally initiated the related field of statistics. To begin this story, I first need to explain the incipient effort to construct tables of human mortality, and then how these tables were used to determine the present value of life annuities (annuities with payments conditional upon the recipient remaining alive).
Proposition 3, if interpreted as it subsequently was in modern terms, reaches our current notion of expectation where probabilities do not have to be equal; we would identify the ratio n1/(n1 + n2) ≡ p, so that the expectation is pA + (1 – p)B. With our several-hundred-year remove, Proposition 1 may seem obvious; but that was not so in 1657. Proof of Huygens’ Proposition 1 Suppose there is a fair lottery I with two players and prize A + B (where A < B). It then follows by Assumption 1 that for the lottery to be fair, the price of a ticket to this lottery must be (A + B)/2.