# 4.7 Poisson

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This module describes the characteristics of a Poisson experiment and the Poisson probability distribution. This module is included in the Elementary Statistics textbook/collection as an optional lesson.

Characteristics of a Poisson experiment:

1. The Poisson gives the probability of a number of events occurring in a fixed interval of time or space if these events happen with a known average rate and independently of the time since the last event. Forexample, a book editor might be interested in the number of words spelled incorrectly in a particular book. It might be that, on the average, there are 5 words spelled incorrectly in100 pages. The interval is the 100 pages.
2. The Poisson may be used to approximate the binomial if the probability of success is "small" (such as 0.01) and the number of trials is "large" (such as 1000). You will verify therelationship in the homework exercises. $n$ is the number of trials and $p$ is the probability of a "success."
Poisson probability distribution . The random variable $X=$ the number of occurrences in the interval of interest. The mean and variance are given in the summary.

The average number of loaves of bread put on a shelf in a bakery in a half-hour period is 12. Of interest is the number of loaves of bread put on the shelf in 5 minutes. Thetime interval of interest is 5 minutes. What is the probability that the number of loaves, selected randomly, put on the shelf in 5 minutes is 3?

Let $X$ = the number of loaves of bread put on the shelf in 5 minutes. If the average number of loaves put on the shelf in 30 minutes (half-hour) is 12, then the average number of loaves put on the shelf in 5 minutes is

$(\left(\frac{5}{30}\right)\cdot 12, 2)$ loaves of bread

The probability question asks you to find $\mathrm{P\left(x = 3\right)}$ .

A certain bank expects to receive 6 bad checks per day, on average. What is the probability of the bank getting fewer than 5 bad checks on any given day? Of interestis the number of checks the bank receives in 1 day, so the time interval of interest is 1 day. Let $X$ = the number of bad checks the bank receives in one day. If the bank expects to receive 6 bad checks per day then the average is 6 checks per day.The probability question asks for $(P\left(x, 5\right))$ .

You notice that a news reporter says "uh", on average, 2 times per broadcast. What is the probability that the news reporter says "uh" more than 2 times per broadcast.

This is a Poisson problem because you are interested in knowing the number of times the news reporter says "uh" during a broadcast.

What is the interval of interest?

One broadcast

What is the average number of times the news reporter says "uh" during one broadcast?

2

Let $X$ = ____________. What values does $X$ take on?

Let $X$ = the number of times the news reporter says "uh" during one broadcast .
$x$ = 0, 1, 2, 3, ...

The probability question is $\text{P(______)}$ .

$\text{P(x>2)}$

## Notation for the poisson: p = poisson probability distribution function

$X$ ~ $\text{P(μ)}$

Read this as " $X$ is a random variable with a Poisson distribution." The parameter is $\mu$ (or $\lambda$ ). $\mu$ (or $\lambda$ ) = the mean for the interval of interest.

Leah's answering machine receives about 6 telephone calls between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. What is the probability that Leah receives more than 1 call in the next 15 minutes?

Let $X$ = the number of calls Leah receives in 15 minutes. (The interval of interest is 15 minutes or $\frac{1}{4}$ hour.)

$x$ = 0, 1, 2, 3, ...

If Leah receives, on the average, 6 telephone calls in 2 hours, and there are eight 15 minutes intervals in 2 hours, then Leah receives

$(\frac{1}{8}\cdot 6, 0.75)$

calls in 15 minutes, on the average. So, $\mu$ = 0.75 for this problem.

$X$ ~ $\text{P(0.75)}$

Find $(P\left(x, 1\right))$ . $((P\left(x, 1\right)), 0.1734)$ (calculator or computer)

TI-83+ and TI-84: For a general discussion, see this example (Binomial) . The syntax is similar. The Poisson parameter list is ( $\mu$ for the interval of interest, number). For this problem:

Press 1- and then press 2nd DISTR. Arrow down to C:poissoncdf. Press ENTER. Enter .75,1). The result is $((P\left(x, 1\right)), 0.1734)$ . NOTE: The TI calculators use $\lambda$ (lambda) for the mean.

The probability that Leah receives more than 1 telephone call in the next fifteen minutes is about 0.1734.

The graph of $X$ ~ $\text{P(0.75)}$ is: The y-axis contains the probability of $x$ where $X$ = the number of calls in 15 minutes.

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