Question

Asked Nov 7, 2019

A fishpond contains 20 orange fish and 10 green fish. A sample of five fish is taken (without

replacement) from the pond. Let X denote the number of orange fish in the sample.

(i) State the type of distribution of X, and write down its mass function.

(ii) Hence find P(X = 2).

(iii) If the sample contains at least four orange fish, how likely is it to contain only orange

fish?

Step 1

(i)

Let us define the random variable *X* as the number of orange fish in the sample.

From the given information, there are 20 orange fishes and 10 green fish. And a sample of 5 fishes are selected without replacement. Here, the sample is selected without replacement and the population is finite. Hence, the suitable distribution is hyper geometric distribution.

The probability mass function for hyper geometric distribution is,

Step 2

Here, *N*=30(=20+10), *M*=20 and *n*=5.

The probability mass function for random variable *X* is,

Step 3

(ii)

The value of P(*X*=2) is **0.1599** and it is ...

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