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Homework Help: Statistics Expected Variable Question

  1. Nov 27, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Y is the larger score showing when two dice are thrown
    Calculate E(Y)

    2. Relevant equations
    Presume the dice are fair

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Hmm not sure. I've listed combinations of throw events on paper but I dont think that will help. Y can never be 1. Y can never be the same as the other die?
    Do I want to draw a probability distrubution table?

    I've been messing around with it for a while with not much progress

    Thanks :)
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 27, 2008 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    If both dice come up with 1s, if you don't count the 1, you won't have anything to count for that roll.

    With two dice, there are 36 possible outcomes: {(1, 1), (1, 2), ... , (1, 6), (2, 1), ... (2, 6), (3, 1), ..., (3, 6), (4, 1), ..., (4, 6), (5, 1), ..., (5, 6), (6, 1), ..., (6, 6)}.

    I think that for the expected value of Y, E(Y), you add together the larger number in all 36 pairs, and divide by the number of pairs, which is 36. For the 6 pairs that have the same value, pick either number to be the larger; it's certainly not the smaller of the two.
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