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03-27-2008, 03:39 PM
HI, I have a math problem that i just don't know how to work it out. Any help to try to understand it would be greatly appreciated....

the question is : According to survey data, 62% of housholds now own a DVD player. If 200 households are contacted at random, what is the probability that no more than 130 of them have a DVD player?

Thank you for helping me out....

03-27-2008, 06:40 PM
This is a binomial probability. If you have a calculator, you can just use \sum_{k=0}^{130}C(200,k)(\frac{31}{50})^{k})(\frac {19}{50})^{200-k}.

But, in the cases where the numbers are rather large, we can use the 'short cut' for binomials.

np={\mu}, \;\ (200)(\frac{31}{50})=124

\sqrt{npq}={\sigma}, \;\ \sqrt{(200)(\frac{31}{50})(\frac{19}{50})}=\frac{\ sqrt{1178}}{5}}\approx{6.864}

Now, use the z-score with your continuity correction:


Look it up in the table. It should be close to the first method at the top.