# Homework Help: Binomial and Hypergeometric Distributions

1. Nov 4, 2012

### Hiche

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

We have an urn with 5 red and 18 blues balls and we pick 4 balls with replacement. We denote the number of red balls in the sample by Y. What is the probability that Y >=3? (Use Binomial Distribution)

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

Okay, so we were asked to use the Binomial Distribution here.

The whole sample is denoted by N = 23. The number of trials is n = 4 since we have to choose 4 balls from 23. Since Y denotes the number of red balls in the sample and replacement is used, how do we find p? Is it the probability of having 3 red balls and one blues + the probability of 4 red balls? So, (5/23)^3 * (18/23) + (5/23)^4? What is k? Is it in our case 3 and 4?

I will post the other hypergeometric problem when I solve this. I am not good at statistics in any way so I would appreciate the help.

2. Nov 4, 2012

### hedipaldi

Ʃp(y=k},k=3,4
compute p(y=k) from the binomial distribution with probabiliyy 5/18 and n=23

3. Nov 4, 2012

### Hiche

Okay thanks, but shouldn't p = 5/23? The total number of balls is 23.

4. Nov 4, 2012

### hedipaldi

Yes,of course.