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

  1. Jan 18, 2010 #1
    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.

    I tried using P[D=k|M=m] = P(D=k union M=m)/P(M=m), any ideas how else to go about this?
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