# Homework Help: Number of mistakes in a textbook, discrete random variables, generating functions

1. Jan 18, 2010

### Kate2010

When reading a book, you detect each mistake with probability p, independent of other mistakes. Let M denote the amount of mistakes on a certain page and D be the number that you detect on that page. Write down P[D=k|M=m] and find for k>=0 P[D=k].

I've worked out for a textbook with n pages, number of mistakes on each page is poisson RV with parameter a, independent of mistakes on all other pages, that the expected number of pages with no mistakes is 1 - e^-a.