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As a ﬁrst approximation, we could divide the unit time interval into n disjoint intervals of length 1/n, and make the assumption that in each time interval of lenght 1/n at most one customer can arrive. Also, we make the assumption that the probability that a customer does in fact arrive in a given interval is proportional to the length of that interval. Hence, we assume that there is λ > 0 such that the probability that a customer arrives in an interval of length 1/n is equal to λ/n. Finally, we assume that arrival of customers in diﬀerent time intervals are independent.

18. We draw a ball from an urn with 3 red and 2 blue balls. If the ball is red, we draw a second ball from another urn containing 4 red and 1 blue ball. If the ﬁrst ball is blue, we draw a second ball from an urn with just 4 blue balls. (a) What is the conditional probability that the second ball is red, given that the ﬁrst ball is red? (b) What is the probability that both balls are red? (c) What is the probability that the second ball is blue? 19. Suppose that we send a message using some coding so that only 0’s and 1’s are sent.

Random Variables 37 for k = 0, . . , n, and pX (k) = 0 for all other values of k. Hence its distribution function is given by n FX (x) = 2−n , k 0≤k≤x for 0 ≤ x ≤ n; FX (x) = 0 for x < 0; FX (x) = 1 for x > n. 7 (Binomial distribution). A random variable X is said to have a binomial distribution with parameters n ∈ N and p ∈ [0, 1] if P (X = k) = n k p (1 − p)n−k , k for k = 0, 1, . . , n. We have seen examples of such random variables in Chapter 1 when we discussed coin ﬂips. The random variable X represents the number of heads when we ﬂip a coin n times, where each ﬂip gives heads with probability p.