Waiting for Reggie Jackson: The Geometric Distribution

  • Richard L. Scheaffer
  • Ann Watkins
  • Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
  • Jeffrey A. Witmer
Part of the Textbooks in mathematical sciences book series (TIMS)

Abstract

Children’s cereals sometimes contain small prizes. For example, not too long ago, boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes contained one of three posters: Ken Griffey Jr., Nolan Ryan, or Reggie Jackson. Reggie wanted to get a Reggie Jackson poster and had to buy eight boxes until getting his poster. Reggie feels especially unlucky.

Keywords

Stochastic Process Probability Theory Time Distribution Statistical Application Simple Formula 
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Reference

  1. Frederick Mosteller, Robert E. K. Rourke, and George B. Thomas, Jr. (1970), Probability with Statistical Applications,second ed., Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, pp. 176, 189,and 219.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Scheaffer
    • 1
  • Ann Watkins
    • 2
  • Mrudulla Gnanadesikan
    • 3
  • Jeffrey A. Witmer
    • 4
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA
  2. 2.California State UniversityNorthridgeUSA
  3. 3.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Oberlin CollegeUSA

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