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Homework Help: What am I doing wrong? (Probability)

  1. May 17, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    the probability for a student to answer correctly in one question when he has studied is 0.8 and when he hasnt studied is 0.3. In order to study he throws a dice, if the result is 1 he won't study. At the exam, 2 out of 3 questions were correct. What's the probability that the student has studied?

    2. Relevant equations


    P(A/B) = P(A AND B)/P(B) = P(A)*P(B/A)/P(B)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    i find the probability for him to answer 1 question correctly

    C = {He answers 1 question correctly}
    S = {The student has studied}
    S' = {The student hasnt studied}

    P(C) = P(C/S)*P(S) + P(C/S')*P(S') = 0.8*5/6+0.3*1/6=0.716

    now i find the probability that he answers 2 questions correctly

    2C = {He answers 2 questions correctly}

    P(2C) = C(3,2)*(0.716)^2*(1-0.716) = 0.436788


    P(S/2C) = P(S AND 2C)/P(2C) (2)

    we know P(2C) hence we need to find P(S AND 2C)

    we use bayes

    P(S AND 2C) = P(S)*P(2C/S) = 5/6*P(2C/S) (1)

    P(2C/S) is the probability that he answers 2 questions correctly if we know that he has studied

    hence P(2C/S) = C(3,2)*(0.8)^2*0.2 = 0.384

    So (1) = 0.32

    hence the probability that he has studied if we know that he answered 2 questions correctly is from (2) => 0.32/0.436788 = 0.732621

    the correct answer is 0.9104 though

    can someone explain me what im doing wrong?

    thanks in advance
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
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