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Homework Help: Poisson distribution questions

  1. Nov 4, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Suppose x has a Poisson [itex]\lambda[/itex] distribution

    Find the probability generating function and range it is well defined. Then evaluate E[x(x-1)(x-2)(x-3)(x-4)(x-5)(x-6)(x-7)(x-7)(X-8)(x-9)(x-10)(x-11)]

    2. Relevant equations
    f_x (x) = exp(-lamda) (lamda)^x/x! for x=0,1,2,3....

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The probability generating function I got easily by using the exponential power series and got p_x (s) = exp(lamda(s-1)) . It is well defined for s real.

    I do not know how to approach the expected value.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 4, 2012 #2
    I could be wrong on this, so take this with a grain of salt.

    Apply the definition of expected value. It looks like you could rewrite your term as x!/(x-12)! Does this help? Then when you take the sum, the x! should cancel, and you'll be left with (x-12)! on the bottom.
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