# Binomial distribution

#### isa

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I have an assignment which is a bit different,
I have to use Mathematics Handbook for Sience and Engineering to solve the problem,
I can look it up in tables. But the tables for binomial functions is only up to 20,
Normal Distribution to 3.4 and Poisson up to 24 in some cases.
So how do I do it? Approximation of some kind?

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#### CaptainBlack

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I have an assignment image.png - Speedy Share - upload your files here which is a bit different,
I have to use Mathematics Handbook for Sience and Engineering to solve the problem,
I can look it up in tables. But the tables for binomial functions is only up to 20,
Normal Distribution to 3.4 and Poisson up to 24 in some cases.
So how do I do it? Approximation of some kind?
If you really want help try posting your question in a form that does not require helpers to jump through multiple hoops just to see it.

P(X<65) where X ~B(100,0.7)

CB

#### CaptainBlack

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P(X<65) where X ~B(100,0.7)

CB
X is approximately ~N(70,21) (since the mean is Np and the variance is Np(1-p)), so P(X<65) ~= F((65-70)/sqrt(21)) where F denotes the cumulative standard normal, which is about 13.8%.

CB

#### isa

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X is approximately ~N(70,21) (since the mean is Np and the variance is Np(1-p)), so P(X<65) ~= F((65-70)/sqrt(21)) where F denotes the cumulative standard normal, which is about 13.8%.

CB
If I understan you corectly F((65-70)/sqrt(21)) = F(1.09108..)? And then look it up in the Normal table witch is 0.8621 or 0.8643 I'm not quite sure.
And then take 1-0.8621 and you get 0.1379?
Is that how you do it?

You do not have to include F((0-70)/sqrt(21)) ?
Since it is < 65? so like F((65-70)/sqrt(21)) -F((0-70)/sqrt(21))?

#### CaptainBlack

##### Well-known member
If I understan you corectly F((65-70)/sqrt(21)) = F(1.09108..)? And then look it up in the Normal table witch is 0.8621 or 0.8643 I'm not quite sure.
And then take 1-0.8621 and you get 0.1379?
Is that how you do it?

You do not have to include F((0-70)/sqrt(21)) ?
Since it is < 65? so like F((65-70)/sqrt(21)) -F((0-70)/sqrt(21))?
More or less, but a continuity correction may be appropriate:

The continuity corrections would give F( (65.5-70)/sqrt(21) ) ~= 0.163

CB