# 4.1 Probability distribution function (pdf) for a discrete random

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This module introduces the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) and its characteristics.

A discrete probability distribution function has two characteristics:

• Each probability is between 0 and 1, inclusive.
• The sum of the probabilities is 1.

A child psychologist is interested in the number of times a newborn baby's crying wakes its mother after midnight. For a random sample of 50 mothers, the following information was obtained. Let $X$ = the number of times a newborn wakes its mother after midnight. For this example, $x$ = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

$\text{P(x)}$ = probability that $X$ takes on a value $x$ .

 $x$ $\text{P(x)}$ 0 $\text{P(x=0)}=\frac{2}{50}$ 1 $\text{P(x=1)}=\frac{11}{50}$ 2 $\text{P(x=2)}=\frac{23}{50}$ 3 $\text{P(x=3)}=\frac{9}{50}$ 4 $\text{P(x=4)}=\frac{4}{50}$ 5 $\text{P(x=5)}=\frac{1}{50}$

$X$ takes on the values 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. This is a discrete $\mathrm{PDF}$ because

1. Each $\text{P(x)}$ is between 0 and 1, inclusive.
2. The sum of the probabilities is 1, that is,

$\frac{2}{50}+\frac{11}{50}+\frac{23}{50}+\frac{9}{50}+\frac{4}{50}+\frac{1}{50}=1$

Suppose Nancy has classes 3 days a week. She attends classes 3 days a week 80% of the time, 2 days 15% of the time, 1 day 4% of the time, and no days 1% of the time. Suppose one week is randomly selected.

Let $X$ = the number of days Nancy ____________________ .

Let $X$ = the number of days Nancy attends class per week .

$X$ takes on what values?

0, 1, 2, and 3

Suppose one week is randomly chosen. Construct a probability distribution table (called a $\mathrm{PDF}$ table) like the one in the previous example. The table should have two columns labeled $x$ and $\text{P(x)}$ . What does the $\text{P(x)}$ column sum to?

 $x$ $\mathrm{P\left(x\right)}$ 0 0.01 1 0.04 2 0.15 3 0.80

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