(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Suppose we have 10 coins such that if the ith coin is flipped, heads will appear with probability i/10, i = 1,2...10. When one of the coins is randomly selected and flipped, what is the conditional probability that it was the coin?

2. Relevant equations

Bayes's Formula

3. The attempt at a solution

First of all, I can't make any sense out of how choosing a different coin will give a different probability of showing a head?

In solving the problem, I used Bayes's relation; [tex] P(\text{5th coin} | \text{heads}) = \frac{P(\text{heads | 5th coin})P(\text{5th coin})}{P(\text{heads| 5th coin})P(\text{5th coin}) + P(\text{heads | not 5th coin})P(\text{not 5th coin})} [/tex]

where [tex] P(\text{heads |5th coin}) = \frac{5}{10}, P(\text{5th coin}) = \frac{1}{10}, P(\text{heads | not 5th coin}) = \frac{P(\text{heads and not 5th coin})}{P(\text{not 5th coin})} = \frac{\frac{9}{10}\frac{1}{2}}{\frac{9}{10}} = \frac{1}{2}, P(\text{not 5th coin}) = 1-\frac{1}{10}. [/tex] Putting this together gives the wrong answer. Any ideas?

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# Homework Help: Conditional Probability on type of coin

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