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# Forum: Probability

Probability course and homework discussion. Probability distributions. Probability theory, stochastic processes

1. ### Sticky: We only provide homework help to those who show effort

Welcome to Talk Stats Forum. In order to keep homework help effective and efficient, we request all members to abide by these guidelines: 1)...

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09-30-2005, 09:44 AM
1. ### Poisson with events per week for calculating probability per Quarter?

Hi all, I have a question regarding the Poisson distribution. (I searched the forum before creating this post, I couldn't find a similar post) ...

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09-05-2008, 11:31 AM
2. ### Gaming Problem

A player starts of with 10 points. If he reaches 1000 points he wins. Every time he plays, the chance of him winning is 40% Maximum everytime,...

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09-09-2008, 01:40 AM
3. ### Hopefully an easy 'first post'!

Hi All. I'm a newbie to the forums, and will hopefully introduce myself with an eay-enough question on probability! OK, here goes: I have...

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09-09-2008, 03:01 PM
4. ### problem where the teach doesnt teach

I am not 100% sure how to even start this. With the 2 variable I get lost Please any help Human visual inspection of solder joints on printed...

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09-10-2008, 06:53 PM
5. ### formulating probabilities

Could anyone help? Please! Joe Smith batted .347 in 2007. So assume the probability of getting a hit is .347 for each time he batted. In a...

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09-10-2008, 07:13 PM
6. ### sampling

Hi, I have a problem which I am sure has an easy answer Imagine that I have a box which contains 100 balls, 99 blue and 1 red. I want to use...

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09-11-2008, 12:43 PM
7. ### basic proofs/results in regression

I'm taking a regression class and were working on the location model just to get practice before the real thing. We've been given some proofs for HW...

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09-14-2008, 02:50 PM
8. ### 99% CI for failure proportions

Hi, Is this working correct for a 99% CI for the difference between two proportions: p(A) = 11 failures out of 200 p(B) = 6 failures out of...

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09-15-2008, 04:13 AM
9. ### Some Questions

i) find a formula for the number of sequences of 0's and 1's of lenght n such that the sum of the 0's and 1's in the sequence is k ii) prove that...

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09-15-2008, 09:23 AM
10. ### Successive events in Trial

The chance of tossing a coin and obtaining a tail is 1/2. The chance of tossing a coin and obtaining two sucessive tails is 1/4. The chance of...

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09-18-2008, 01:34 AM
11. ### Probability stack up

First off just wanted to say :wave: to everyone as this is my first post. I am currently a student engineer and have been assigned a project...

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09-18-2008, 04:56 PM
12. ### how determine correlation by looking at distributions?

Hi Experts, I have an application related to DSP and probability/distributions I could *really* use some help with. I have a real-time...

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09-19-2008, 04:13 AM

X) How many different eleven-letter words (not necessairly pronounceable or meaningful) can be made from the letters in the word MISSISSIPPI? ANS:...

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09-20-2008, 12:20 PM
14. ### Explantion of this p[assword combination problem

Q: A computer password must be 5 characters long, and must contain only letters and numbers. If you pick a password at random ( All valid passwords...

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09-20-2008, 09:32 PM
15. ### independence

p(a) = 0.1 and p(b) = 0.3 : assume these events are independent 1) prob of neither events occuring? I got 0.97 2) prob of at least one event...

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09-22-2008, 10:04 AM
16. ### Bayes Theorem Question

Hello all, I have a homework question which I can not figure out: A stock market analyst examined the prospects of the shares of a large number...

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09-22-2008, 11:42 PM
17. ### divide 2 chi square distribution

Hi there, Can anyone help me with this?? : If X1~ X^2 distribution with n1 d.f. and X2~X^2 distribution with n2 d.f. then what is...

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09-24-2008, 10:00 AM
18. ### I need help/advice for a probability model, mainly distribution (not homework)

I'm working on a baseball game projection model that I hope to have in full swing by next year. Anyway, the way I'm figuring out win probability now...

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09-25-2008, 02:46 AM
19. ### I need some help

Hello everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post. I have a couple of problems I need help setting up. First; A group of 100 diabetic...

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09-26-2008, 08:10 AM
20. ### Help Verifying Formulas

Hey all, I'm a bit stuck at verifying these following formulas are equivalent: Prove: (n Choose k) = (n choose n-k) so I got: =...

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09-26-2008, 08:50 AM
21. ### poisson distribution help

hey! i am having a hard time understanding this problem. i just need to know how to get started and then i am good from there. here is the...

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09-28-2008, 12:42 AM
22. ### Confidence Intervals

Hi there, Can anyone help me with this question regarding confidence intervals? Q: 14.6% of New Zealanders identified with Maori ethnicity. For...

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09-28-2008, 01:56 PM
23. ### basic probability

My assignment question gives me the following info regarding the probability of system having 3 types of defects (type A1, A2, and A3): P(A1)=...

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09-28-2008, 06:29 PM
24. ### add chi square or F distributions yields?...

Hi there, I have two questions: First: X1 follows X^2 distribution with n1 d.f. X2 follows X^2 distribution with n2 d.f. Then what is...

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09-29-2008, 06:01 PM
25. ### Rolling a pair of dice.

http://www.cam.cornell.edu/~sharad/math407/midterm_sol.pdf I don't understand 3b. Why isn't the E1 union with E2 just sum of E1 and E2? I think...

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09-30-2008, 10:25 AM

Hello, Here is the problem. Assume that your drive time to work each morning follows a normal distribution with Mean= 20 min 24 sec, and stdev=...

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10-01-2008, 07:23 AM
27. ### Linear combination of empirical distributions for independent rvs

Hi there, I have n independent rvs: X1, ..., Xn. I have obtained the empirical distribution functions F1, ..., Fn for each of the rv. Is it...

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10-01-2008, 12:13 PM
28. ### Weibull Distribution Help

"The time to failure, unable to continue delivery service for a delivery truck, has a Weibull Distribution with mean of 200k miles and standard...

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10-02-2008, 07:09 PM
29. ### Cdf

Can someone explain how to solve this? I have to find the CDF for the following function: F(X) = 1/2 * Exp (-|X|) dx , (-inf < x < +inf) I know...

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10-03-2008, 12:51 PM
30. ### Normal distribution probability density function returning values > 1

i am trying to draw a normal curve over a histogram of some data of mine and i just can't get it to come out right! Mean =1.002327404 Standard...

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10-03-2008, 04:50 PM
31. ### Probability: proving

Show that two events A,B are independent if and only if at least one of the following holds i) P(A/B)=P(A) or P(B/A)=P(B) ii) P(A)=0 or P(B)=0

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10-04-2008, 03:53 PM

My problem: Calculate the number of possible outcomes if 4 tickets are randomly selected from 50 tickets. There are 4 different prizes & a ticket...

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10-04-2008, 04:17 PM
33. ### Football Betting Method

Say I have 3 betting methods on football games. Each system is able to predict the winner with 60% accuracy. Method1: 60% Method2: 60% Method3:...

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10-04-2008, 05:00 PM
34. ### probability help pugowner

14. A study was made to determine the calories, total fat content and sodium in 54 brands of “veggie” burgers as shown below. < 130...

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10-04-2008, 05:06 PM
35. ### Find the joint density of Z=X+Y,W=X-Y

Question:Let X,Y be independent random variables with X~Exp(lambda1) and Y=~Exp(lambda2). Find the joint density of Z=X+Y,W=X-Y ...

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10-04-2008, 09:14 PM
36. ### problem so simple its confusing?? need help

I need help with a homework problem. Because not all airline passengers show up for their reserved seat, an airline sells 125 tickets for a flight...

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10-05-2008, 04:18 PM
37. ### problem of tossing a coin -- plz help

Three players A,B,C toss a fair coin in the order ABCABC... Find the probability that A is the first player to obtain a head, B the second & C the...

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10-05-2008, 11:36 PM
38. ### Monty Hall

You are playing a game show, in which there are prizes behind three doors. One prize is good (eg a car), and the others aren't (eg. a goat and a...

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10-07-2008, 10:06 PM
39. ### Find defective typewriters

A batch of 50 different automatic typewriters contains exactly 10 defective machines. What is the probability of finding: a) At least 1 defective...

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10-08-2008, 12:09 AM
40. ### Forming a committee

How many ways can a committee be formed from four men and six women with four members, at least two of whom are women, and Mr. and Mrs. Baggins...

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10-08-2008, 12:13 AM
41. ### Arranging letters

What is the probability that an arrangement of a, b, c, e, f, g begins and ends with a vowel.

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10-08-2008, 02:13 AM
42. ### Fitting joint distribution to empirical data

I have a dataset of two correlated poisson variables X1 ~ Poisson(my1) X2 ~ Poisson(my2) Pr(X1,X2)<>Pr(X1)*Pr(X2) I would like to specify...

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10-08-2008, 10:02 AM
43. ### Cossing Toins-Probability

If I toss 10 coins, how do I find the probability that 8 of them will land on heads? Could someone help me out?

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10-08-2008, 10:14 AM
44. ### Help - Bayes theorem question.

The sensitivity of a screening test is .95 and its specificity is .85. The rate of the disease for which the test is used is .002. What is the...

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10-08-2008, 09:27 PM
45. ### Even Sum Problem

How many subsets of three different integers between 1 and 90 inclusive are there whose sum is an even number?

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10-09-2008, 08:27 AM
46. ### Conditional Probability question

okay the problem statement is as follows A gene can be either type A or type B (ie note type A). A gene can also be either dominant or regressive....

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10-09-2008, 11:21 AM
47. ### STA2023 Test question help

9% of men, and 25% of women cannot distinguish between the colors red and green. THis is the type of color blindness that causes problems with...

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10-09-2008, 12:55 PM
48. ### HW help

I have a probelm with one of my hw questions which is: A sample from a normal population has a standard deviation of 0.02. What is the...

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10-09-2008, 02:28 PM
49. ### Independent Events Occurring Simultaniously

This should be an easy one for you smart guys: Consider a double computer intruder detection system (IDS) with system A and system B. If there is...

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10-10-2008, 07:48 AM
50. ### Type II error

I'm currently doing a statistics assigment. In one of the questions, i've been asked to "discuss" what the probability of a Type II error, what i...

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10-12-2008, 10:47 AM
51. ### Infinite sum

Hi All- It has been a few years since my last calc class and now I am taking a course in mathematical stats. I have the discrete data pmf:...

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10-12-2008, 02:06 PM
52. ### Transformations of Random Variables

Suppose X ~ U(-1,2). find the density of X^2 My soln so far: f(x)x = (1/3, -1<x<2. 0 elsewhere) My teacher tells us to find the CDF, then...

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10-12-2008, 05:06 PM
53. ### Conditional Probabillity- Check my work?

Ok the problem goes like this: A small brewery has two bottling machines A & B. Machine A bottles 75% of all their bottles, and B bottles 25%. One...

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10-13-2008, 04:49 PM
54. ### maximizing profit given pdf

Here is the problem I came across while studying for the test and need some help: A retail grocer has a daily demand, Y for a certain product sold...

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10-14-2008, 02:16 PM
55. ### Another problem for maximizing profit...

Consider a store owner who buys items one day for \$1.00 and sells them the same day for \$1.50. Assume the item has no value the next day and that...

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10-15-2008, 04:55 PM
56. ### probability mass function

You have 4 red jelly beans and 4 green jelly beans in a paper bag. Without looking, you will pick jelly beans, one at a time, from the bag and stop...

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10-15-2008, 09:45 PM
57. ### Null and alternate hypothesis

Hi- I have a problem that begins, "Suppose you wish to test the null hypthesis that u=50 vs the alternate hypothesis that u<50...."and then it goes...

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10-15-2008, 09:49 PM
58. ### Find the value of x

I am having trouble finding the value of x with this problem, because my teacher's example problems are a lot different! The question is A new...

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10-15-2008, 10:18 PM
59. ### Z-scores for probability in tails

I haven't done any stats in years and now I am in a course for my grad program and I am so lost. My teacher is very confusing and I am trying my best...

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10-16-2008, 06:45 AM

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