K_{a} x K_{b} = K_{w} = 1.0 x 10^{-14}

Based on this mathematical relationship, K_{a} and K_{b} are inversely proportional. The higher the value one is, the lower the value the other is, and vice-versa. Thus, because hypochlorous acid has a smaller K_{a} then acetic acid:

3.5 x 10^{-8} < 1.8 x 10^{-5}

This means that hypochlorous acid's conjugate base, hypochlorite, has a greater K_{b} that acetate, the conjugate base of acetic acid. Thus:

**Hypochlorite** is the stronger base.