ASSIGNMENT 06

MA260 Statistical Analysis I

NOTE: Show your work in the problems.

1. Compute the mean and variance of the following discrete probability distribution.

x P(x)

2 .50 2x.50 then 2x2x.50

8 .30 8x.30 then 8x8x.30

10 .20 10x.20 then 10x10x.20

2. The Computer Systems Department has eight faculty, six of whom are tenured. Dr. Vonder, the chair, wants to establish a committee of three department faculty members to review the curriculum. If she selects the committee at random:

a. What is the probability all members of the committee are tenured?

b. What is the probability that at least one member is not tenured? (Hint: For this question, use the complement rule.)

3. New Process, Inc., a large mail-order supplier of women’s fashions, advertises same-day service on every order. Recently, the movement of orders has not gone as planned, and there were a large number of complaints. Bud Owens, director of customer service, has completely redone the method of order handling. The goal is to have fewer than five unfilled orders on hand at the end of 95% of the working days. Frequent checks of the unfilled orders follow a Poisson distribution with a mean of two orders. Has New Process, Inc. lived up to its internal goal? Cite evidence.

4. Recent information published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that Honda is the manufacturer of four of the top nine vehicles in terms of fuel economy.

a. Determine the probability distribution for the number of Hondas in a sample of three cars chosen from the top nine.

b. What is the likelihood that in the sample of three at least one Honda is included?

5. According to the “January theory,” if the stock market is up for the month of January, it will be up for the year. If it is down in January, it will be down for the year. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, this theory held for 29 out of the last 34 years. Suppose there is no truth to this theory. What is the probability this could occur by chance?

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