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# L05

## Chapter 5 Discrete Probability Distributions

Random Variables
 Random Variables – Numerical
description of the outcome of an
experiment
◦ Example: Let X equal the sum of two rolled
dice. X can equal 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
◦ Example: CPA Exam has four parts. Let Y
equal the number of parts passed.Y can take
on values of 1, 2, 3, 4
 Notice that we have assigned a number to
each outcome of the experiment
Random Variables
 Discrete Random Variables
◦ Takes on a finite number of values (Think the
sum of two dice)
◦ Takes on a sequence of values (think the
number of cars that travel 1-15 each day)
 Continuous Random Variables
◦ Can take on ANY numerical values in an
interval
 Think of a call center. Let T = time between calls. T
can take on any value ≥ 0. Infinite Possibilities
 Net weight of a bag of Doritos.
Random Variables
Question Random Variable x Type
Family x = Number of dependents
size reported on tax return
Distance from x = Distance in miles from
home to store home to the store site
Own dog x = 1 if own no pet;
or cat = 2 if own dog(s) only;
= 3 if own cat(s) only;
= 4 if own dog(s) and cat(s)
Discrete Probability Distributions
 When we assign a Probability to each of
the discrete outcomes, we have a discrete
probability distribution
◦ We can describe the distribution three ways
1. ______
2. ______
3. ______
Discrete Probability Distributions
 Using past data on TV sales, we have f(x), which provides
the probability for
 A tabular representation of the each value of the
probability distribution for TV sales random variable

Number Required
Units Sold of Days x f(x) Conditions
0 80 0 .40 are:
1 50 1 .25
2 40 2 .20
f(x) > 0
3 10 3 .05
4 20 4 .10
f(x) = 1
200 1.00
Discrete Probability Distributions

.50
.40
_____________

.30
.20
.10

0 1 2 3 4
-_____________________________
Discrete Probability Distribution
 Discrete Uniform Probability Distribution
is the simplest example of a discrete
probability distribution given by a formula
 The discrete uniform probability function
is:
the values of the
f(x) = 1/n random variable
are equally likely
where:
n = the number of values the random
variable may assume
Uniform Discrete Probability
Distribution
 Let X be the random variable that equals
the number of dots facing upward on a
rolled die.
f(x) = 1/n
 How many outcome are there?
6
 So f(x) = _____ where x =
___________
Probability of any event: Equal to the sum of the
Example
probabilities of the sample points in the event.  The director of admissions at Lakeville College
subjectively assessed a probability distribution for x, the
number of entering students as follows.
x f(x)
1000 .15
1100 .20
1200 .30
1300 .25
1400 .10

##  Is the probability distribution valid? Explain

 What is the probability of 1200 or fewer entering
students?
Expected Value and Variance
 Before  Now
 Expected Value of a
Random Variable

x  wx i i
E(x) =  = xf(x)

w i
Expected Value
x f(x) xf(x)
0 .40 .00
1 .25 .25
2 .20 .40
3 .05 .15
4 .10 .40
E(x) =

____________________
____________________
Expected Value and Variance
 Before  Now
 Variance of Grouped  Variance of A
Data random Variable

 f ( M   ) 2
Var(x) =  2 = (x - )2f(x)
2  i i
N

 Where N was ∑ fi
For Standard Deviation, we just take the positive square
root of the Variance
Variance of a Random Variable

## 0 -1.2 1.44 .40 .576

1 -0.2 0.04 .25 .010
2 0.8 0.64 .20 .128
3 1.8 3.24 .05 .162
4 2.8 7.84 .10 .784 TVs
squared
Variance of daily sales =  2 = 1.660
Standard deviation of daily sales = 1.2884 TVs

## Study Tip: Columns are an effective way to stay

organized and solve problem quickly.
Binomial Distribution
 How to use the binomial
 How to use the table to find binomial
probabilities
 How to calculate expected value and
variance
 Combine two things:
◦ Understanding of Counting Techniques
◦ Understanding of probability of independent
events
Binomial Distribution
 Has 4 properties
 When called upon to determine whether something follows the
Binomial Distribution, you come back to these 4 properties.
1. The experiment consists of a sequence of n identical trials
◦ Flip a coin 10 times, Roll a die 8 times, Number of parts that break out of 20
selected
2. Two outcomes, SUCCESS and FAILURE are possible on each trial
◦ Heads = success, tails = failure; 1 = success, 2-6 = failure, break = success, fine
= failure.
3. The probability of success, denoted p, does not change from trial to
trial
4. Trials are independent
◦ When Probabilities are independent, how do we calculate probabilities?

P(A  B) = P(A)P(B)
Example
 Flip a coin three times. What is the probability
of exactly two heads showing up?
◦ Is this a binomial experiment?
 n identical trials?
 Two outcomes, success/failure?
 Probability of success does not change?
 Trials independent?
◦ __________________________
 Our interest is in the number of successes out
of n trials.
 __________________________
Binomial Distribution
 Example:
 Lets consider the next three customers that
enter a clothing store. Probability that any one
customer makes a purchase is .3. What is the
probability that two of the three next
customers will make a purchase?
◦ Is this a binomial experiment?
 n identical trials?
 Two outcomes, success/failure?
 Probability of success does not change?
 Trials independent?
Probability of any event: Equal to the sum of the

Binomial Distribution
probabilities of the sample points in the event.

## Exp. Outcome Value of x

 Break it down simply
(s, s, s) 3
◦ What is the probability of
(s, s, f) 2 Customers 1 and 2 buying,
(s, f, s) 2 but not the third? (Hint:
(s, f, f) 1 Remember that the
(f, s, s) 2 probabilities are
independent.)
(f, s, f) 1
◦ P(s)*P(s)*P(f)
(f, f, s) 1
◦ .30 *.30 * .70 = .063
(f, f, f) 0
◦ Now, what are the other
combinations of 2 people
•So there are three ways of having exactly 2 buying something and the
out of three people buy something. other one not?
•Each occurs with .063 probability
•.063 + .063 + .063 = .189
•3*.063 = .189
Binomial Distribution
 We don’t want to list outcomes each time, so
let’s come up with some short cuts.
 We will use
 n = number of trials …=3
 x = number of successes …=2
 p = probability of success …=.3
 Our answer resulted from doing 3* P(s)*P(s)*P(f)
 3* p2(1-p)1; Plugging in the general case gives 3*px(1-p)n-x
 How do we CHOOSE 2 out of three?
 A combination!
 3!/2!(3-2)! = 6/2 = 3
 Completely general.
n!
f (x)  p x (1  p )( n  x )
x !(n  x )!
Binomial Distribution
n!
f (x)  p x (1  p )( n  x )
x !(n  x )!

Probability of a particular
Number of experimental sequence of trial outcomes
outcomes providing exactly with x successes in n trials
x successes in n trials
Binomial Distribution
 Example: Evans Electronics
Evans is concerned about a low retention rate for
employees. In recent years, management has seen a
turnover of 10% of the hourly employees annually. Thus,
for any hourly employee chosen at random, management
estimates a probability of 0.1 that the person will not be
with the company next year.
Binomial Distribution
 Choosing 3 hourly employees at random,
what is the probability that 1 of them will
leave the company this year?
Let: p = .10, n = 3, x = 1
n!
f ( x)  p x (1  p ) (n  x )
x !( n  x )!
Using Tables of Binomial
Probabilities
p
n x .05 .10 .15 .20 .25 .30 .35 .40 .45 .50
3 0 .8574 .7290 .6141 .5120 .4219 .3430 .2746 .2160 .1664 .1250
1 .1354 .2430 .3251 .3840 .4219 .4410 .4436 .4320 .4084 .3750
2 .0071 .0270 .0574 .0960 .1406 .1890 .2389 .2880 .3341 .3750
3 .0001 .0010 .0034 .0080 .0156 .0270 .0429 .0640 .0911 .1250

## Notice the table has three main sections

1. n
2. x
3. P
4. These sections correspond to the value of interest from the
binomial distribution
Binomial Distribution
 Expected Value

E(x) =  = np

 Variance
Var(x) =  2 = np(1  p)

 Standard Deviation

  np(1  p )
Binomial Distribution
 Expected Value

 Variance

## Var(x) =  2 = 3(.1)(.9) = .27

 Standard Deviation

##   3(.1)(.9)  .52 employees

Example
 In San Francisco, 30% of workers take
public transportation daily.
◦ In a sample of 10 workers, what is the
probability that exactly three workers take
public transportation?
◦ In a sample of 10 workers, what is the
probability that at least three workers take
public transportation daily?
Poisson Distribution
 Discrete random variable distribution
 Used in Estimating
◦ Number of Occurrences over a time or space
interval
 PROPERTIES
1. The probability of an occurrence is the
same for any two intervals of equal length.
2. Occurrences and nonoccurrences in any
interval are____________of other
occurrencences of nonoccurrences
Poisson
 Examples
 The number of knotholes in 14 linear feet
of pine board
 The number of vehicles arriving at a toll
both in one hour
Poisson Distribution
 Poisson Probability Function

 x e
f ( x) 
x!
where:
• f(x) = probability of ________________in an interval
•  = ______________of occurrences in an interval
• e = 2.71828
Poisson Distribution
 Example: Mercy Hospital
Patients arrive at the MERCY
emergency room of Mercy
Hospital at the average
rate of 6 per hour on
weekend evenings.
What is the
probability of 4 arrivals in
30 minutes on a weekend evening?
 x e
f ( x) 
x!
Poisson MERCY

##  Using the Function

 = 6/hour = 3/half-hour, x = 4
3 4 (2.71828)3
f (4)   .1680
4!

 x e
f ( x) 
where: x!
• f(x) = probability of x occurrences in an interval
•  = mean number of occurrences in an interval
• e = 2.71828
Poisson
 Special Property, MEAN = VARIANCE

=2

##  Variance for number of arrivals during 30

minute periods
MERCY

=2=3
Hypergeometric Distribution
 Closely related to the Binomial
Distribution
 Again we are interested in x, the number
of successes in n trials
 Differences for Hypergeometric:
◦ Trials are ________________!
◦ The probability of success changes from trial
to trial
Hypergeometric Distribution
 Properties
1. The set to be sampled consists of N elements
2. Each element can be characterized as a SUCCESS or
FAILURE.
◦ There are a total of r success in the set to be sampled
3. A sample of n elements is selected without
replacement
 The distribution tells us:
◦ f(x) = probability of x success in n trials
 NOTICE
◦ Independence is gone
◦ Equal probability between trials is gone.
Hypergeometric Distribution
 Probability Function

 r  N  r 
  
 x  n  x 
f ( x)  for 0 < x < r
N
 
n
where: f(x) = probability of x successes in n trials
n = number of trials
N = number of elements in the population
r = number of elements in the population
labeled success
Hypergeometric Distribution

r N r
x nx
   
f (x)  for 0 < x < r
N
n number of ways
 
n – x failures can be selected
number of ways from a total of N – r failures
x successes can be selected in the population
from a total of r successes
in the population
number of ways
a sample of size n can be selected
from a population of size N
Hypergeometric
 General Principle
Number of Outcomes of Interest
◦ Probability = Number of total possible outcomes
 Two Key ideas from old material
◦ To get outcomes we are going to use counting rules
◦ Number of ways to choose n success out of N trials?
1. CNn is how we get the denominator
◦ There are r total success and we want to choose x. How
do we do it? …There are (N-r) total Failures and we are
interested in (n-x) of those failures. How do we do it?
 Crx … CN-rn-x
2. We multiply these to get outcomes of interest because
of counting rule number 1
Hypergeometric
 Example:
flashlight and inadvertently mingled them with the two
good batteries he intended as replacements. The four
batteries look identical.
Bob now randomly selects two of the our
batteries. What is the probability he selects the two
good batteries?
DOES THIS FIT THE HYPERGEOMETRIC?
n = number of trials 2
N = number of elements in the population 4
r = number of elements in the population labeled success 2
Hypergeometric

 r  N  r   2  2   2!  2! 
 x  n  x   2  0   2!0!  0!2! 
         1
f (x)      .167
N
  4
   4!  6
n 2  2!2! 
     

where:
x = 2 = number of good batteries selected
n = 2 = number of batteries selected
N = 4 = number of batteries in total
r = 2 = number of good batteries in total

## TIP: Write what you have, then plug and chug

Hypergeometric
 MEAN  r 
E ( x)    n  
N

 Variance  r  r  N  n 
Var ( x)    n  1  
2

 N  N  N  1 

## x = number of success in n trials

n = number of trials
N = number of elements in the population
r = number of elements in the population labeled success
Hypergeometric
 Mean
 r  2
  n   2   1
N 4

 Variance

 2  2  4  2  1
  2  1  
2
   .333
 4  4  4  1  3
Hypergeometric Distribution
 When the population size is large, a
hypergeometric distribution can be
approximated by a binomial distribution