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# a. Suppose X and Y are independent Poisson random variables, each with expected value 2. Define...

a. Suppose X and Y are independent Poisson random variables, each with expected value 2. Define Z=X+Y. Find P(Z?3).

b. Consider a Poisson random variable X with parameter ?=5.3, and its probability mass function, pX(x). Where does pX(x) have its peak value?

(a)E(X)=2 and E(Y)=2, so mean of X is 2 and mean of Y is 2

this imply X~poisson(2) and Y~poisson(2)

if sum of two independent Poisson distributed random variables, with mean values ? and µ, also has Poisson distribution of mean ? + µ.

here Z=X+Y this imply Z~poisson(2+2). so Z will be poisson random variable with mean= =4 and

P(X=x)=exp(- ) x/x!

P(Z 3)=0.4334 ( using ms-excel =POISSON(3,4,1))

(b) required peak value=poisson(5)=0.173955

If ?<1 and P{X=0}>P{X=1}>P{X>2}? and so the mode is 0

• If ?>1 is not an integer, then the mode is ??? since
P{X=???}<P{X=???}
.

• If ?is an integer m, thenP{X=m}=P{X=m?1} and so either
m
or
m?1
can be taken to be the mode.

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