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  1. Apr 25, 2004 #1
    1.Given the joint probability distribution of Y1 and Y2:

    f(y1,y2)= (2/5)*(2y1+3y2), 0
    0, elsewhere


    a) f(y1) and f(y2) the marginal distributions

    b) Given: E(y1y2) = 1/3 E(y1)=17/30, E(y2)=3/5

    then Cov(y1,y2)=?

    c) If E(y1^2) = 7/18 and E(y2^2) = 4/9 and E(y1)=17/30 and E(y2)=3/5
    Find the correlation coeficcient. Comment on the strength of the correlation coefficient.

    r(y1,y2)= Cov(y1,y2) / [Sd(y1) * SD(y2)]

    So am I on the right track. Can anyone help me please?


    need SD(Y1) and SD(Y2)


    so the correlation is weak.

    2.Scores on an exam are assumed to be normally distrubuted with a mean of 78 and variance of 36

    a) What is the probability that a person taking the exam scores higher than 75?

    b) Suppose the student socring in the top 10% of this distribution are to receive an A grade, what is the minimum score that a student must achieve to earn an A grade?

    c) What must be the cut off point for passing the exam if the examiner wants only 30% of all scores to be passing?

    d) Approximately, what proportion of the students have scores 5 or more points above the score that cuts off the lowest 25 %?

    This is what I did.

    All: Mean = 78
    All: Variance = 36, then Standard Deviation = 6

    a. (75-78)/6 = -1/2 -- That is one-half standard deviation below the mean. I get 80.85%

    b. find a score, S, such that (S - 78)/6 = 1.2815516.
    S= 1.28*6+78
    c)have to Find the 70th percentile of the standard normal distribution and translate to a grade.
    d) have to find the first quartile (25th percentile) of the standard normal distribution, translate to a grade, and add 5 points

    Any help would be appreciated
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  3. May 1, 2004 #2


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    Having typed all this in, I got an error message saying "The message you have entered is too short. Please lengthen your message to at least 10 characters."! Well, this is more than 10 characters right here, isn't it?
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