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Probability Distributions of a Discrete Random Variable

Probability Distributions of a Discrete Random Variable

Author: Daniel Nelson

Explain probability distributions and functions and how to use them

This packet explains the idea of a probability distribution when dealing with discrete random variables

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New Terms

Theoretical Probability - the likelihood an event should happen based on possible outcomes P(event)=(# of favorable outcomes/Total # of possible outcomes)

Empirical Probability - the observed probability an outcome occurs based on data you collect P(event)=(# of favorable outcomes/Total # of observed outcomes)

Probability Function - gives the probability that the outcome associated with that variable will occur

Probability Distribution - similar to a probability function, a distribution identifies the probability of a variable occuring

Discrete random variables

Explains distributions and functions of discrete random variables

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