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Random Variables and Probability Distributions

  • Thomas Cleff
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Abstract

In the previous chapter, we learned about various principles and calculation techniques dealing with probability. Building on these lessons, we will now examine some theoretical probability distributions that allow us to make inferences about populations from sample data. These probability distributions are based on the idea of random variables. A random variable is a variable whose numerical values represent the outcomes of random experiments. Random variables are symbolized with capital letters such as “X”. The individual values of random variables are represented either with a capital Roman letter followed by a subscript “i” (e.g. “Xi”) or with the lower case of the random variable letter (e.g. “x”). Generally, there are two types of random variables:

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Cleff
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  1. 1.Pforzheim Business SchoolPforzheim University of Applied SciencesPforzheimGermany

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