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I Exponential Distribution Question

  1. Apr 26, 2017 #1
    Hi all,
    Can anyone teach me this problem ? Thanks

    The life of a tiger is exponentially distributed with a mean of 15 years.If a tiger is 10 years old, what is the expected remaining life of the tiger?

    A 5 years
    B 10 years
    C 15 years
    D Longer than 15 years
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  3. Apr 26, 2017 #2


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    Can you tell me your understanding of 'memorylessness'? What distributions have this property and what does it mean?
  4. Apr 26, 2017 #3
    It means the probability distribution of the remaining time until the event occurs always is the same, regardless of how much time (s) already has passed. So I'm guessing the answer is 5?
  5. Apr 26, 2017 #4


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    so if the probability distribution is the same whether 0 years have passed or 7 years have passed, then what does that tell you about forward looking expectations?

    Also do you know which distributions exhibit memorylessness? (There are only 2....)
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