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

According to the de Moivre Laplace theorem

[tex]\binom{n}{k}p^{k}q^{n-k}\approx\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi{}npq}}e^{-\frac{(k-np)^{2}}{2npq}}[/tex]

For p=q=1/2 this translates nicely into an approximation for the binomial distribution by the normal distribution (the +1/2 is a continuity correction):

[tex]\binom{n}{k}\approx{}2^{n}N(\frac{n}{2},\frac{n}{4})(k)[/tex]

and therefore

[tex]\mbox{(A)}\quad \sum_{k=0}^{m}\binom{n}{k}\approx{}2^{n}\int_{-\infty}^{m+\frac{1}{2}}N(\frac{n}{2},\frac{n}{4})(x)dx[/tex]

This appears to be correct. I am trying to solve a problem for which I need

[tex]\sum_{k=0}^{m}k\binom{n}{k}[/tex]

and I am wondering what would keep me from reasoning in analogy to (A) so that

[tex]\mbox{(B)}\quad \sum_{k=0}^{m}k\binom{n}{k}\approx{}2^{n}\int_{-\infty}^{m+\frac{1}{2}}xN(\frac{n}{2},\frac{n}{4})(x)dx[/tex]

Unfortunately, when I use (B) I get some very counter-intuitive results (too complicated to expand on them here).

2. Relevant equations

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3. The attempt at a solution

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# Homework Help: De Moivre Laplace theorem question

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