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# Discrete Random Variable

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##### N1977 P1 Q12

A test consists of five multiple choice questions to each of which three answers are given, only one of which is correct. For each correct answer a candidate gets $2$ marks, but loses $1$ mark for each incorrect answer. A particular candidate answers all question purely by guesswork. Draw up a table to show all the possible total marks from $-5$ to $10$ and the probability associated with each mark for this candidate. Use the table to show that the expected mark is zero, and find the variance of this distribution.

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**N1978 P2 Q12**

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**2018 DHS P2 Q10**

Two players ${{P}_{1}}$ and ${{P}_{2}}$ play a game with $n+1$ tokens labelled $1$ to $n+1$. Each player randomly picks one token without replacement and the player who picks the token with the smaller number loses. The amount of money lost by the losing player, in dollars, will be the number on the winning token. For example, if ${{P}_{1}}$ and ${{P}_{2}}$ pick the tokens labelled $5$ and $3$ respectively, ${{P}_{2}}$ loses $\$\,5$ to ${{P}_{1}}$.

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**Discrete Random Variable – Probability Involving Proportionality**

Four rods of lengths $1$, $2$, $3$ and $4$ units are placed in a bag from which one rod is selected at random. The probability of selecting a rod of length $l$ is $kl$. Find the value of $k$.

Show that the expected value of $X$, the length of the selected rod, is $3$ units and the variance of $X$.

After a rod has been selected it is not replaced. The probabilities of selection for each of the three rods remain are in the same ratio as they were before the first selection. A second rod is now selected from the bag. Defining $Y$to be the length of the rod and writing ${{P}_{1}}=\text{P}\left( Y=1|X=2 \right)$, ${{P}_{2}}=\text{P}\left( Y=2|X=1 \right)$ show that $16{{P}_{1}}=9{{P}_{2}}$

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A bag contains $20$ blue balls and $15$ red balls. In a game, Joe draws $12$ balls one by one, at random and without replacement. The number of blue balls Joe draws from the bag is denoted by $X$.

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A discrete random variable can only take on either a finite or at most a countably infinite set of discrete values such as $0, 1, 2, 3, …$. Discrete random variables are often used to model the number of times an event occurs in a given time period. The sum of all the probabilities of the experiment is equal to $1$.

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Tabulate the probability distribution of $Y=\left| {{X}_{1}}-{{X}_{2}} \right|$, and find $E\left( Y \right)$.

The random variable $Z$ is defined by $Z={{X}_{1}}-{{X}_{2}}$. State with reasons whether or not

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$E\left( {{Z}^{2}} \right)=E\left( {{Y}^{2}} \right)$.

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$\text{Var}\left( Z \right)=\text{Var}\left( Y \right)$.

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The discrete random variable $X$ has probability mass function given by

$\text{P}(X=x)=\left\{ \begin{matrix}

& \frac{ax}{n(n+1)}\,\,\,\,\text{for}\,\,x=1,2,…,n, \\

& 0\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\text{otherwise,} \\

\end{matrix} \right.$

where $a$ is a constant.

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Show that $a=2$.

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(i) Show that $a=2$.

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Find $\text{E}(X)$ in terms of $n$. You may use the result that $\sum\limits_{r=1}^{n}{{{r}^{2}}=\frac{n}{6}(n+1)(2n+1)}$.

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(ii) Find $\text{E}(X)$ in terms of $n$. You may use the result that $\sum\limits_{r=1}^{n}{{{r}^{2}}=\frac{n}{6}(n+1)(2n+1)}$.

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Explain why the probability of ${{P}_{2}}$ losing a game is $0.5$.

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(iii) Explain why the probability of ${{P}_{2}}$ losing a game is $0.5$.

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Given that ${{P}_{2}}$ loses, find the probability ${{P}_{2}}$ loses $\$\,(m+1)$ in terms of $m$ and $n$, where $m$ is such that $1\le m\le n$.

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(iv) Given that ${{P}_{2}}$ loses, find the probability ${{P}_{2}}$ loses $\$\,(m+1)$ in terms of $m$ and $n$, where $m$ is such that $1\le m\le n$.

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Using the result in part (i), when ${{P}_{2}}$ loses a game, find the amount that he is expected to lose in terms of $n$.

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(v) Using the result in part (i), when ${{P}_{2}}$ loses a game, find the amount that he is expected to lose in terms of $n$.

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Show also that $\text{P}\left( X+Y=3 \right)=\frac{17}{360}$.

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**2018 RI CT3 J2 Q13**

(i)

Find $\text{E}\left( X \right)$ and $\text{Var}\left( X \right)$.

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If $\text{P}\left( X=x \right)<\text{P}\left( X=x+1 \right)$, show that $x$ satisfies the inequality

$\left( x+a \right)\left( x+b \right)<\left( c-x \right)\left( d-x \right)$

where $a$, $b$, $c$ and $d$ are constants to be determined. Use this inequality to find the number of blue balls that Joe is most likely to draw.

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Joe plays this game $30$ times.

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Find the probability that Joe draws at least $10$ blue balls in more than $4$ of his $30$ games.

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