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Expert-verified Found in: Page 295 ### Introductory Statistics

Book edition OER 2018
Author(s) Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean
Pages 902 pages
ISBN 9781938168208 # A consumer looking to buy a used red Miata car will call dealerships until she finds a dealership that carries the car. She estimates the probability that any independent dealership will have the car will be $28%$. We are interested in the number of dealerships she must call. a. In words, define the random variable $X$. b. List the values that X may take on. c. Give the distribution of $X$. $X$ ~ _____(_____,_____) d. On average, how many dealerships would we expect her to have to call until she finds one that has the car? e. Find the probability that she must call at most four dealerships. f. Find the probability that she must call three or four dealerships

a. The variable quantity$X$ is the quantity of dealership the customer must call before she finds a second user red Miata car.

b. The values of X are $X=1,2,3,4,....$

c. The distribution of X is $X~G\left(0.28\right)$

d. The expected number of dealership she would have to find is $3.57$

e. The probability that she must out in most four dealerships $0.7313$

f. The probability that she must call three or four dealerships $0.2497$

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## Step 1: Bernoulli trial

In a Bernoulli trial, the likelihood of the amount of successive failures before a hit is obtained is represented by a geometrical distribution, which may be a form of discrete probability distribution. A Bernoulli trial may be a test which will only have one among two outcomes: success or failure.

## Step 2: Explanation of chance variable X (part a)

Random variable in simple terms generally refers to variables whose values are unknown, therefore, during this case $X$ is that the number of dealership the customer has to call before she finds a second hand red Miata car.

## Step 3: List the values of X (part b)

Make the list of values that you just want to use $X$ may tackle.

As we are able to see there's an boundary for true at hand so,

localid="1649157268204" $X=1,2,3,4,..........$

## Step 4: Number of dealership until she finds one that has the car (part c)

The variable $X$ refers to the quantity of trials before the primary success. Each trial is independent of others and has similar probability of success.

This implies that variate $X$ follows Geometric Distribution.

The probability that any independent dealership will have car is $p=0.28$

Thus, the distribution of X is $X~G\left(0.28\right)$

## Step 5: Find the probability that she must go into four dealerships (part d)

The arithmetic mean of geometric distribution is:

$E\left(X\right)=\frac{1}{p}$, where $p=0.28$

Therefore,

$E\left(X\right)=\frac{1}{p}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}E\left(X\right)=\frac{1}{0.28}\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}E\left(X\right)=3.57$

## Step 6: Find the probability that she get into three or four dealerships (part e)

The probability that she must call at most four dealerships is:

$P\left(X\le 4\right)=P\left(X=1\right)+P\left(X=2\right)+P\left(X=3\right)+P\left(X=4\right)\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=\sum _{x=1}^{4}{\left(1-0.28\right)}^{x-1}×0.28\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=0.28+0.2016+0.1452+0.1045\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=0.7313$

## Step 7: Explanation (part f)

The probability that she must call three or four dealerships is:

$P\left(X=3orX=4\right)=P\left(X=3\right)+P\left(X=4\right)\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}{=\left[\left(1-0.28\right)}^{3-1}×\left(0.28\right)\right]+\left[{\left(1-0.28\right)}^{4-1}×\left(0.28\right)\right]\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=0.14515+0.10451\phantom{\rule{0ex}{0ex}}=0.2497$ ### Want to see more solutions like these? 