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    A couple with two girls has decided to keep having children until they have exactly two
    boys. The probability of a male birth is approximately 51%. Assume independence among
    the genders of the children.
    (a) Determine the probability that the couple will have at least two more girls before
    completing their family.
    (b) What is the expected size of such a family?

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    Re: binomial distributions (family size)

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    I believe for part a), to have at least 2 more girls to complete the family by having additional 2 boys, we should have 1 or 0 boys in the coming 3 kids. Therefore, the probability would be .49^3+.51^2*.49*3=48.5%

    For part b), since the family size could be unlimited if there are no boys (or just 1 boy) in the coming kids, I can calculate the expected family size. Kindly help to provide hint

    Thanks!

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