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WeeG
06-21-2010, 10:53 AM
An elevator goes from the ground floor up to the 8th floor (8 floors in total). In the elevator 10 people. Each one of them choose randomly and independently with the other people in which floor to get off the elevator. The expected value (mean) of the number floors in which no one came off at is:

a. 6 b. 8 c. 8*(7/8)^10 d. 10*(1/8)^10 e. 10*(7/8)^8

the correct answer should be "e". why ?

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fed1
06-21-2010, 05:12 PM
Does anyone else think the 8 and 10 are in the wrong places in answer e.

Pr( no one choose floor j ) = Pr(Aj) = Bin(n = 10, x = 0, p = 1/8) = (7/8)^10.

E( Sum( Aj ) from 1 to 8 ) = 8 (7/8)^10

Link
06-21-2010, 06:24 PM
That would make the correct answer C then. The logic looks correct to me though.