# Thread: Possible Outcomes and their Corresponding Probabilities

1. ## Possible Outcomes and their Corresponding Probabilities

I have this question here that is confusing me a lot. I think it may be the wording. But here it is:

``Inability to get along with others`` is the reason cited in 17% of worker firings. Concerned about her company`s working conditions, the personal manager plans to investigate the four employee firings that occurred over the past year.

a) the personal manager is interested in the sequence of firing reasons. List all possible outcomes and find their corresponding probabilities.

Now from what i have tried, there are 4 trials and they are all independent of each other and the question only lists one firing reason so I am confused on how to find a sequence for more than one firing reason and their possible outcomes.

2. ## Re: Possible Outcomes and their Corresponding Probabilities

Looks like a question about Binomial distribution - yes you got only one firing reason, as a result you got a binary outcome - "yes, that is the firing reason" or "no".

3. ## Re: Possible Outcomes and their Corresponding Probabilities

So then there are only 2 outcomes per trial so there would be 8 outcomes in total and then you just calculate the probabilities using 0.17 and 0.83.

4. ## Re: Possible Outcomes and their Corresponding Probabilities

There would be 16 outcomes total but yes that is the idea.

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Trae88 (10-27-2013)

6. ## Re: Possible Outcomes and their Corresponding Probabilities

Ah thanks for the help i did all the calculations and they were right!

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