Aim: How do we use binominal distribution for sample counts?
Transcript Aim: How do we use binominal distribution for sample counts?
Aim: How do we use binominal
distribution for sample counts?
• The distribution of X depends on how the data
1. There a fixed number n of observations
2. The n observations are all independent
3. Each observation falls into one of just two
categories, which for convenience we call
“Success” and “Failure”
4. The probability of a success, call it p is the
same for each observation
Examples of a binomial setting
• Tossing a coin n times because each toss gives
you either heads or tails
• The outcome of successive tosses are
• The distribution of the count X of successes in
binomial setting is called the binomial
distribution with parameters n and p
• The parameter n is the number of
observations and p is the probability of a
success on any observation
• The possible values of X are the whole
numbers from 0 to n
• As an abbreviation, we say that X is B(n, p)
• Genetics says that children receive genes from
their parents independently. Each child of a
particular pair of parents has probability 0.25 of
having type O blood.
• If these parents have 3 children, the number who
have type O blood is the count X of successes in 3
independent trials with probability 0.25 of a
success on each trial.
– So X (the distribution) has the B(3,0.25) distribution.
Binomial Distribution in Statistical
• Binomial distributions are important in
statistics when we wish to make inferences
about the proportion p of “successes” in a
Sampling distribution of a count
• A population contains proportion p of success.
If the population is much larger than the
sample, the count X of successes in an SRS of
size n has approximately the binomial
distribution B(n, p)
Class Work #3
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