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This much gives the definition of a scientific experiment: something you do which is repeatable with clearly specified outcomes. By insisting that the outcomes cannot be predicted in advance, we capture the idea of randomness. This is not a very adequate definition of 6 Chapter I - Introduction to Probability Models of the Real World randomness from a philosophical point of view of course, but you get the idea! " Clearly, that's repeatable. Suppose we specify TWO possible outcomes: either the die lands on the table or it lands somewhere else-the floor, for example.

50 per roll. 00, so you split the difference. 10 per roll. 10, forty cents less than for a fair coin. " This weighted average is called the expected value of X, denoted by E(X). In symbols, E(X) = I:xP(X). The expected value of a random variable is computed by adding the values weighted by their theoretical relative frequencies of occurrence, that is, weighted by their probabilities. The computation can be very efficiently done by extending the probability distribution table of X to include a column for the weighted values of X, for the products XP(X).

As always, first try to guess. Then compute the variance. Does this computed value confirm your guess? (b) Draw and compare the graphs of the probability distributions for the number of heads on one toss of the fair coin and then of the unfair coin. Be sure to label the means. (c) What's the standard deviation for each case in part (b)? (d) Now let's be more general. Suppose we don't know the probability of heads on our coin. Denote that unknown probability by the symbol p. Let X be the number of heads for one toss of this coin.