# 5: Discrete Probability Distributions

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- 10931

- 5.0: Prelude to Discrete Random Variables
- Random Variable (RV) a characteristic of interest in a population being studied

- 5.1: Probability Distribution Function (PDF) for a Discrete Random Variable
- A discrete probability distribution function has two characteristics: Each probability is between zero and one, inclusive. The sum of the probabilities is one.

- 5.2: Mean or Expected Value and Standard Deviation
- The expected value is often referred to as the "long-term" average or mean. This means that over the long term of doing an experiment over and over, you would expect this average. This “long-term average” is known as the mean or expected value of the experiment and is denoted by the Greek letter μμ . In other words, after conducting many trials of an experiment, you would expect this average value.

- 5.3: Binomial Distribution
- A statistical experiment can be classified as a binomial experiment if the following conditions are met: (1) There are a fixed number of trials. (2)There are only two possible outcomes: "success" or "failure" for each trial. (3) The trials are independent and are repeated using identical conditions. The outcomes of a binomial experiment fit a binomial probability distribution.

- 5.E: Discrete Random Variables (Optional Exercises)
- These are homework exercises to accompany the Textmap created for "Introductory Statistics" by OpenStax.

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