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Dakarai

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## Homework Statement

Show that, quite generally, the Poisson Mass Function has the same value at λ (i.e. the average) and at (λ-1).

## Homework Equations

The Poisson Mass Function is

p(x) = [e^(-λ) * λ^(x)]/(x!)

## The Attempt at a Solution

I started out by plugging in λ-1 into the equation to get p(x)= [e^(-λ-1) * (λ-1)^(x)]/(x!) but now I've gotten stuck. I'm not sure how to progress and prove this other than plug in different x and λ values. I've seen the graphs and such that indicate that λ and λ-1 share the same value, but I just can't figure out how to mathematically prove it.