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Unformatted text preview: PROBABILITY AND DECISION MAKING 45-730 QUIZ 1 (OFFLINE) SOLUTIONS Problem 1 ( Sample Spaces ) . Four friends toss an unbiased coin each to determine a winner. The per- son whose coin shows up different from all the other three wins. The outcome of any toss is independent of the others. (1.1) What is the sample space of this random experiment? Solution. There are 2 4 = 16 possible outcomes in tossing four coins. / (1.2) What is the probability that the four coins show up all heads or all tails? Solution. The probability that the four coins show up all heads is 1 16 , and there is the same probability that they show up all tails. Thus the probability that the four coins show up all heads or all tails is 1 16 + 1 16 = 1 8 . / (1.3) What is the probability that a coin shows up different from all the other three? Solution. The only outcomes where we have one coin different from all other three are: HTTT, THTT, TTHT, TTTH,THHH, HTHH, HHTH, HHHT. So the probability is 8 16 = 1 2 . / Problem 2 ( Sample Spaces and Set Theory ) . Two games are supposed to take place between teams A and B. The probability that team A wins the first game is 0.3, and the probability that it wins the second is 0.5. Suppose the probability that team B wins BOTH games is 0.5. (2.1) What is the appropriate sample space to analyze this problem? Solution. An appropriate sample space would be to consider the outcomes of both games. So we have AA,AB,BA,BB , where AB represents the event that team A wins the first game and B the second. For other outcomes is similar. The events AA,AB,BA,BB are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive. / (2.2) What is the probability of team A winning both games? Solution. From the data we have P ( BB ) = 0 . 5, P ( AA BA ) = 0 . 5 and P ( AA AB ) = 0 . 3. Note that P ( BB )+ P ( AA BA ) = 1 . 0, and this implies that we must have P ( AB ) = 0 . 0. Since the considered events are mutually exclusive. This implies that P ( AA ) = 0 . 3. / (2.3) Are the events that Team A wins the first game, and Team A wins the second game independent? Solution. Let A # be the event that Team A wins the first game and # A the event that Team A wins the second game. A # and # A are not independent since the condition P ( AA ) = P ( A # # A ) = P ( A #) P (# A ) does not hold. / (2.4) What is the probability of B winning the first game? Solution. From 2.2 we have that P ( AA ) = 0 . 3. So we get that P ( BA ) = 0 . 5- . 3 = 0 . 2. The probability of B winning the first game is P ( BA ) + P ( BB ) = 0 . 2 + 0 . 5 = 0 . 7. / (2.5) What is the probability of B winning the second game? Solution. We have that P ( AA ) = 0 . 3, P ( BA ) = 0 . 2, P ( AB ) = 0 . 0 and P ( BB ) = 0 . 5. So the probability that B is winning the second game is 0 . 5. / 1 2 QUIZ 1 (OFFLINE) SOLUTIONS Problem 3 ( Counting I ) . We draw at random two cards out of a standard deck of 52 cards without replacement....
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course BUS 45730 taught by Professor Ravi during the Spring '08 term at Carnegie Mellon.
- Spring '08
- Decision Making