4.9: Discrete Distribution (Lucky Dice Experiment)
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 Contributed by Barbara Illowsky & Susan Dean
 Statistics at De Anza College
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Section: _____________________________
Student ID#:__________________________
Work in groups on these problems. You should try to answer the questions without referring to your textbook. If you get stuck, try asking another group for help.
Student Learning Outcomes
 The student will compare empirical data and a theoretical distribution to determine if a Tet gambling game fits a discrete distribution.
 The student will demonstrate an understanding of longterm probabilities.
Supplies
 one “Lucky Dice” game or three regular dice
Procedure
Round answers to relative frequency and probability problems to four decimal places. The experimental procedure is to bet on one object. Then, roll three Lucky Dice and count the number of matches. The number of matches will decide your profit.
 What is the theoretical probability of one die matching the object?
 Choose one object to place a bet on. Roll the three Lucky Dice. Count the number of matches.
 Let \(X\) = number of matches. Theoretically, \(X\) ~ B(______,______)
 Let \(Y\) = profit per game.
Organize the Data
In Table, fill in the \(y\) value that corresponds to each x value. Next, record the number of matches picked for your class. Then, calculate the relative frequency.
 Complete the table.
\(x\) \(y\) Frequency Relative Frequency 0 1 2 3  Calculate the following:
 \(\bar{x}\) = _______
 \(s_{x}\) = ________
 \(\bar{y}\) = _______
 \(s_{y}\) = _______
 Explain what \(\bar{x}\) represents.
 Explain what \(\bar{y}\) represents.
 Based upon the experiment:
 What was the average profit per game?
 Did this represent an average win or loss per game?
 How do you know? Answer in complete sentences.
 Construct a histogram of the empirical data.
Figure 4.9.1
Theoretical Distribution
Build the theoretical PDF chart for x and y based on the distribution from the Procedure section.

\(x\) \(y\) P(\(x\)) = P(\(y\)) 0 1 2 3  Calculate the following:
 \(\mu_{x}\) = _______
 \(\sigma_{x}\) = _______
 \(\mu_{x}\) = _______
 Explain what μ_{x} represents.
 Explain what μ_{y} represents.
 Based upon theory:
 What was the expected profit per game?
 Did the expected profit represent an average win or loss per game?
 How do you know? Answer in complete sentences.
 Construct a histogram of the theoretical distribution.
Figure 4.9.2
Use the Data
Note 4.9.1
RF = relative frequency
Use the data from the Theoretical Distribution section to calculate the following answers. Round your answers to four decimal places.
 P(x = 3) = _________________
 P(0 < x < 3) = _________________
 P(x ≥ 2) = _________________
Use the data from the Organize the Data section to calculate the following answers. Round your answers to four decimal places.
 RF(x = 3) = _________________
 RF(0 < x < 3) = _________________
 RF(x ≥ 2) = _________________
Discussion Question
For questions 1 and 2, consider the graphs, the probabilities, the relative frequencies, the means, and the standard deviations.
 Knowing that data vary, describe three similarities between the graphs and distributions of the theoretical and empirical distributions. Use complete sentences.
 Describe the three most significant differences between the graphs or distributions of the theoretical and empirical distributions.
 Thinking about your answers to questions 1 and 2, does it appear that the data fit the theoretical distribution? In complete sentences, explain why or why not.
 Suppose that the experiment had been repeated 500 times. Would you expect Table orTable to change, and how would it change? Why? Why wouldn’t the other table change?