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 Cars on the road (Posted on 2004-04-09)
If the probability of observing a car (read: at least one car) in 20 minutes on a highway is 609/625, what is the probability of observing a car (read: at least one) in 5 minutes (assuming constant default probability)?

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The probability of seeing atleast one car in 20 minutes is 609/625

So the probability of seeing no cars in 20 minutes is 1 - 609/625 = 16/625

Assuming x to be the probability of seeing no cars in 5 minutes and with constant default probability, the changes of seeing no cars in 20 minutes are x^4.

So, x^4  = 16/625 or, x = 2/5

And the probability of seeing atleast one car in 5 minutes is 3/5

 Posted by Rajat on 2004-04-09 15:37:15

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