jakedowdy

02-21-2010, 10:48 PM

Now I have to construct a probability distribution table from the following information:

There are six pencils for sale and two are defective. If you buy two pencils chosen at random, let X be the number of defective pencils purchased. Construct the probability distribution for X.

I tried to compute p(x) by looking at the purchasing of the two pencils are separate events WOR. So probability of not getting a defect on the first purchase would be 2/3 and second purchase would be 4/5. So p(0)= 2/3 * 4/5 = .533

However, I know this is wrong, because it results in the following probability distribution:

x 0 1 2

p(x) .533 .267 .066

Since all outcomes for p(x) should sum to 1, I know I screwed up somewhere. What am I doing wrong?

There are six pencils for sale and two are defective. If you buy two pencils chosen at random, let X be the number of defective pencils purchased. Construct the probability distribution for X.

I tried to compute p(x) by looking at the purchasing of the two pencils are separate events WOR. So probability of not getting a defect on the first purchase would be 2/3 and second purchase would be 4/5. So p(0)= 2/3 * 4/5 = .533

However, I know this is wrong, because it results in the following probability distribution:

x 0 1 2

p(x) .533 .267 .066

Since all outcomes for p(x) should sum to 1, I know I screwed up somewhere. What am I doing wrong?