1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Probability insurance company

  1. Jul 31, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    (4) (a) Let X be a random variable defined by the probability mass function P(X = x). The possible values X can take (denoted x) and the probability of those values occuring P(X = x) can be seen below

    x 0 1000 2000 5000
    P(X = x) 0.94 0.03 0.02 0.01

    Find E(X).

    (b) An insurance company offers extra insurance for car rentals to cover incidental damage, such as windscreens and tyres not covered by the primary insurance, and also the excess charged by the primary insurance in case of an accident. Let X be the amount paid out by the company on a randomly chosen policy of duration 10 days and suppose X follows the probability distribution in (a) above. If the premium charged for the policy is $180.00, what is the expected profit to the company for a single policy with a duration of 10 days?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    a) E(x)=1000x0.003+2000x0.003+5000x0.01

    would this just be


    I am unsure about this part
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 31, 2016 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    Check that again.
    It would be, given the right number from a).
  4. Aug 1, 2016 #3
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted