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Statistics-Probability Distribution of Discrete Random Variable

  1. Sep 15, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A player of a video game is confronted with a series of opponents and has an 80% probability of defeating each one. Success with any opponent is independent of previous encounters. The player continues to contest opponents until defeated.

    What is the probability that a player defeats at least two opponents in a game?
    What is the probability that a player contests four or more opponents in a game?
    What is the expected number of game plays until a player contests four or more opponents?

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know that these are Bernoulli trials.
    I chose Geometric distribution because the number of 'trials' is not fixed.

    Defeat at least two opponents:

    Contest four or more:

    Expected games to contest four or more:

    1/0.512=1.9???This is an illogical answer.
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  3. Sep 15, 2012 #2


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    You might start by stating what your random variable ##X## represents. Although I can guess, you should tell us because there are a couple of ways the geometric distribution is set up and it needs to be clear to both of us.
  4. Sep 15, 2012 #3
    X represents the number of opponents faced per set of trials.
  5. Sep 16, 2012 #4


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    You haven't shown enough calculation to follow what you did. I suspect you may be using the wrong formula for ##f(x)##. Are you using ##f(x) = .8^{x-1}\cdot 2##? So to defeat at least 2 opponents you want ## P(X \ge 3) = 1 - P(X=1)-P(x=2)##. I get ##.64## for that one.
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