Probability and Stochastic Processes
Homework 1 and 2 Solutions
October 4, 2001
Problem Solutions
: Yates and Goodman,1.2.1 1.2.2 1.2.3 1.2.4 1.2.5 1.2.6 1.3.1 1.3.2 1.4.1
1.4.2 and 1.4.3
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Problem 1.2.1
(a) An outcome specifies whether the fax is high
(
h
)
, medium
(
m
)
, or low
(
l
)
speed, and whether
the fax has two
(
t
)
pages or four
(
f
)
pages. The sample space is
S
=
{
ht
,
h f
,
mt
,
m f
,
lt
,
l f
}
(b) The event that the fax is medium speed is
A
1
=
{
mt
,
m f
}
.
(c) The event that a fax has two pages is
A
2
=
{
ht
,
mt
,
lt
}
.
(d) The event that a fax is either high speed or low speed is
A
3
=
{
ht
,
h f
,
lt
,
l f
}
.
(e) Since
A
1
∩
A
2
=
{
mt
}
and is not empty,
A
1
,
A
2
, and
A
3
are not mutually exclusive.
(f) Since
A
1
∪
A
2
∪
A
3
=
{
ht
,
h f
,
mt
,
m f
,
lt
,
l f
}
=
S
,
the collection
A
1
,
A
2
,
A
3
is collectively exhaustive.
Problem 1.2.2
(a) The sample space of the experiment is
S
=
{
aaa
,
aa f
,
a f a
,
f aa
,
f f a
,
f a f
,
a f f
,
f f f
}
(b) The event that the circuit from
Z
fails is
Z
F
=
{
aa f
,
a f f
,
f a f
,
f f f
}
The event that the circuit from
X
is acceptable is
X
A
=
{
aaa
,
aa f
,
a f a
,
a f f
}
(c) Since
Z
F
∩
X
A
=
{
aa f
,
a f f
} 6
=
φ
,
Z
F
and
X
A
are not mutually exclusive.
(d) Since
Z
F
∪
X
A
=
{
aaa
,
aa f
,
a f a
,
a f f
,
f a f
,
f f f
} 6
=
S
,
Z
F
and
X
A
are not collectively exhaus
tive.
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C
=
{
aaa
,
aa f
,
a f a
,
f aa
}
The event that at least two circuits fail is
D
=
{
f f a
,
f a f
,
a f f
,
f f f
}
(f) Inspection shows that
C
∩
D
=
φ
so
C
and
D
are mutually exclusive.
(g) Since
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