-The mathematical function describing the probability of different events, as described by values for a variable.
-A distribution of a variable that expresses the probability that particular attributes or ranges of attributes will be, or have been observed.

If you look at the graph of a probability distribution, the x values that correspond to high y values have a higher probability of occurring. In other words, where the graph is high, the probability is also high and those x values are more likely to occur.

Normal cdf is used to calculate probability of a normal curve. Learn how to compute by clicking the Normal Distribution Tab

Here is MORE PRACTICE to find probability of a Normal Distribution. Note that the functions shown in the answers refer to functions available on the TI-84/84 graphing calculators

The cost of treatment per patient for a certain medical problem was modeled by
one insurance company as a normal distribution with mean $775 and standard
deviation $150.

a. What is the probability that the treatment cost of a patient is less
than $1,000?

ans: Normalcdf (-1 x 10^99, 1000, 775, 150)

P(x = 0.93

b. What percent of patient pay between $700 and $900 for their
treatment?

ans: Normalcdf (700,900,775,150)

P(x)= 0.69

c. What is the cost of the most expensive 5% of treatments?

All intervals are of the same length and are equally probable

The continuous Uniform distribution as two ends, a and b, that signify its minimum and maximum values.

Any value between between a and b results in the same probability as every other number in the set.

An example of Uniform Distribution is seen i many cases of real life, one of which is the number of request to a web server in an hour

The Graph shows the number of seconds within an hour and the probability for each

While it might be possible to estimated the number of requests per hour to a web server, it is not possible to estimate when those requests will arrive.

Binomial Probability

There is a fixed number of n trials

Each trial is independent

Each trial consist of success and failure

P(success)= p is the same for each trial

P(failure)= q is the same for each trial

p + q =1

Probability for Exactly n successes: On Calculator

Go to: 2nd Vars (Distribution), scroll to BinomialPdf, enter, BinomPdf( total possibilities, probability of success, number desired)

Probability for several n successes (such as probability of getting atleast n, or probability of getting n or more, etc)

Go to: 2nd Vars (Distribution), scroll to BinomialCdf, enter, BinomCdf( total possibilities, probability of success, number possibilities desired)

Example of Binomial Probability

Julie is an 80% free throw shooter. After practice she attempts 10 free throws.

a. P(Julie makes exactly 5 free throws)

binompdf (10,.8,5)

b. P(Julie makes exactly 8 free throws)

binompdf (10,.8,8)
c. P(Julie makes at most 3 free throws)

binomcdf (10,.8, 3)

d. P(Julie makes at least 7 free throws)

1- binomcdf (10,.8, 6) <-- by doing so, you are subtracting all of the possibilites of making 0-6 free throws

e. P(Julie makes more than 2 free throws)

1- binomcdf (10, .8, 2)

f. P(Julie makes less than 6 free throws)

binomcdf (10, .8, 5)

g. P(Julie makes between 3 and 8 free throws, inclusive)

binomcdf (10, .8, 8) - binomcdf (10, .8, 2)

h. P(Julie makes between 2 and 9 free throws, exclusive)

binomcdf (10, .8, 8) - binomcdf

i. P(Julie makes her first free throw on the third shot)

(.2)(.2)(.8)

j. P(Julie makes her first free throw on the fifth shot)

(.2)(.2)(.2)(.2)(.5)

k. P(Julie makes her first free throw on one of her first three shots)

GeometricCdf (3, .8) <--- Also found on calculator under distributions
OR
(.2)(.2)(.8) +(.2)(.8)+ (.8)

l. P(Julie makes her first free throw on one of her first five shots)

GeometricCdf (5, .8)

m. P(Julie does not make any of her first four free throws)

(.2)^4

Example of Discrete Probability Distribution:

A certain type of die has six faces, all of which are equally likely to occur. Three of the faces have the number 6 printed on them, two faces have the number 12 printed on them and one of the faces has the number 0 printed on it.

a) Create a probability table

X

0

6

12

P(X)

3/6

2/6

1/6

b) Using the table you created in part a, create a probability table that would show the different totals when adding the values from rolling two of these dice

X

0

6

12

18

24

P(X)

(1/6)(1/6)

(3/6)(1/6)+(1/6)(3/6)

(3/6)(3/6)+(2/6)(1/6)+(1/6)(2/6)

(2/6)(3/6)+(3/6)(2/6)

(2/6)(2/6)

Explained: In order to check your work, P(X) MUST ADD to 1

c) What is the probability that the total when rolling two dice is more than 12?

Add the Probabilities of rolling an 18 and 24
[(2/6)(3/6)+(3/6)(2/6)] + [(2/6)(2/6)]

You can use a histogram to compute probabilities:
How to Complete :

Sketch the lines indicated by the points given on the graph

Break down the graph into shapes you can compute the area of

Break down the graph into a triangle and a rectangle

sample calculation: using part b

P(2<X<3)

Use the Points (2,0.4) and (3,0)

Shape is a triangle so use the formula A=1/2bh

A=1/2(1)(0.4)

A=0.2 ; therefore P(2<X<3)= 0.2

Note, the probability of getting exactly the number is 0 for all cases. (part d)

This example exemplifies one of the properties of a probability distribution, specifically that the area under the curve is equal to 1. This reflects that the cumulative probability of all possible events is 1.

## Probability Distributions

-The mathematical function describing the probability of different events, as described by values for a variable.What is A Probability Distribution?-A distribution of a variable that expresses the probability that particular attributes or ranges of attributes will be, or have been observed.

If you look at the graph of a probability distribution, the x values that correspond to high y values have a higher probability of occurring. In other words, where the graph is high, the probability is also high and those x values are more likely to occur.

Types Of Distributions-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Normal Distribution (Gaussian)one insurance company as a normal distribution with mean $775 and standard

deviation $150.

a. What is the probability that the treatment cost of a patient is less

than $1,000?

ans: Normalcdf (-1 x 10^99, 1000, 775, 150)

b. What percent of patient pay between $700 and $900 for their

treatment?

ans: Normalcdf (700,900,775,150)

c. What is the cost of the most expensive 5% of treatments?

d. What are the costs of the middle 60% of treatments?

## --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Uniform Distribution (Continuous)Binomial ProbabilityThere is a fixed number ofntrialsP(success)=pis the same for each trialP(failure)=qis the same for each trial+q=1Example of Binomial Probability

Julie is an 80% free throw shooter. After practice she attempts 10 free throws.

a. P(Julie makes exactly 5 free throws)

binompdf (10,.8,5)

b. P(Julie makes exactly 8 free throws)

binompdf (10,.8,8)

c. P(Julie makes at most 3 free throws)

binomcdf (10,.8, 3)

d. P(Julie makes at least 7 free throws)

1- binomcdf (10,.8, 6) <-- by doing so, you are subtracting all of the possibilites of making 0-6 free throws

e. P(Julie makes more than 2 free throws)

1- binomcdf (10, .8, 2)

f. P(Julie makes less than 6 free throws)

binomcdf (10, .8, 5)

g. P(Julie makes between 3 and 8 free throws, inclusive)

binomcdf (10, .8, 8) - binomcdf (10, .8, 2)

h. P(Julie makes between 2 and 9 free throws, exclusive)

binomcdf (10, .8, 8) - binomcdf

i. P(Julie makes her first free throw on the third shot)

(.2)(.2)(.8)

j. P(Julie makes her first free throw on the fifth shot)

(.2)(.2)(.2)(.2)(.5)

k. P(Julie makes her first free throw on one of her first three shots)

GeometricCdf (3, .8) <--- Also found on calculator under distributions

OR

(.2)(.2)(.8) +(.2)(.8)+ (.8)

l. P(Julie makes her first free throw on one of her first five shots)

GeometricCdf (5, .8)

m. P(Julie does not make any of her first four free throws)

(.2)^4

A certain type of die has six faces, all of which are equally likely to occur. Three of the faces have the number 6 printed on them, two faces have the number 12 printed on them and one of the faces has the number 0 printed on it.Example of Discrete Probability Distribution:## a) Create a probability table

b) Using the table you created in part a, create a probability table that would show the different totals when adding the values from rolling two of these dice

c) What is the probability that the total when rolling two dice is more than 12?

Add the Probabilities of rolling an 18 and 24

[(2/6)(3/6)+(3/6)(2/6)] + [(2/6)(2/6)]

You can use a histogram to compute probabilities:How to Complete :

This example exemplifies one of the properties of a probability distribution, specifically that the area under the curve is equal to 1. This reflects that the cumulative probability of all possible events is 1.

ReferencesMr. Postman

Mr. Killian

Brighton Webs Ltd.

Wikipedia Uniform

Wikipedia Normal