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Let $S$ be a sample space and two mutually exclusive events $A$ and $B$ be such that $A \cup B = S$. If $P(.)$ denotes the probability of the event, the maximum value of $P(A)P(B)$ is_____.
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1/2 * 1/2 =1/4

P(A) + P(B) = 1, since both are mutually exclusive and A ∪ B = S.
When sum is a constant, product of two numbers becomes maximum when they are equal. So, P(A) = P(B) = 1/2
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Suppose E:Even, O:Odd ,S:Sample Space of Natural Numbers

Example of such an mutually exclusive event is P(E)=P(O)=1/2

P(E)+P(O)=S(All Natural Numbers)=1

So Ans is 

P(E)*P(O)= $\frac{1}{2}$* $\frac{1}{2}$=$\frac{1}{4}$

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