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    Hi all,
    Here's the problem:

    Let X be the number of accidents per week in a factory. Let the probability mass function of X be

    f(x) = 1/(x+1) - 1/(x+2), x = 0,1,2,....

    Find the conditional probability of X >= 4, given that X>=1.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Need help with geometric pmf

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    Re: Need help with geometric pmf


    Quote Originally Posted by Dichotomous View Post
    Hi all,
    Here's the problem:

    Let X be the number of accidents per week in a factory. Let the probability mass function of X be

    f(x) = 1/(x+1) - 1/(x+2), x = 0,1,2,....

    Find the conditional probability of X >= 4, given that X>=1.

    Thanks!
    Thanks for the info Dason.

    My first thought is to find P(X >=4) for f(x) and P(X >= 1) for f(x). Then I take the results and compute the conditional probability for f(x) P(X >= 4 | X >= 1).

    So, P(X >= 4) is equivalent to the SUM (with k=4 to infinity) f(x)^k - f(x=0) - f(x=1)- f(x=2) - f(x=3).
    Similarly, (P >= 1) = SUM (w/ k=1 to infinity) f(x)^k - f(x=0).

    Is this reasoning correct so far?

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