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If the probability of a defective fuse from a manufactuning unit is $2\%$ in a box of $200$ fuses find the probability that more than $3$ fuses are defective$ [e^{-4}=0.0183].$

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  • A random variable $X$ is said to have a poisson distribution of the probability mass function of $X$ is
  • $P(X=x)=\large\frac{e^{\Large -\lambda }\lambda^x}{x!}$$\qquad (x=0,1,2........$ for some $\lambda > 0)$
  • Constants of a poisson distribution :
  • Mean=Variance=$\lambda$
  • A continuous random variable $X$ is said to follow a normal distribution with parameter $\mu$ and $\sigma$ (or $\mu$ and $\sigma^2$) if the probability density function is
  • $f(x)=\large\frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2\pi}}$$e^{-\large\frac{1}{2}(\frac{x-\mu}{\sigma})^2};-\infty < x < \infty,-\infty< \mu <0$ and $\sigma > 0$
  • $X\sim N(\mu,\sigma)$
  • Constants of a normal distribution :
  • Mean =$\mu$,variance =$\sigma^2$,standard deviation =$\sigma$
Step 1:
Let $X$ be the random variable denoting the number of defective fuses in a box of 200 fuses.
Probability of a defective fuse P=0.02
$\quad=200\times 0.02$
$\therefore X\sim P(4) $
$\Rightarrow P(X=x)=\large\frac{e^{-4}4^4}{4!}$$\qquad x=0,1,2......$
Step 2:
Probability that more than 3 fuses are defective.
$P(X > 3)=1-P(X \leq 3)=1-e^{-4}[\large\frac{4^0}{0!}+\frac{4^1}{1!}+\frac{4^2}{2!}+\frac{4^3}{3!}]$
answered Sep 18, 2013 by sreemathi.v

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