If each element of a second order determinant is either zero or one, what is the probability that the value of the determinant is positive? (Assume that the individual entries of the determinant are chosen independently, each value being assumed with probability 1/2).

From the question, we have:

Total number of determinants of second order where the element being or 1 = (2)^{4}

= 16

Now, we have the value of determinants is positive in following cases:

∴ Required probability = 3/16

14