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Cars on the road (Posted on 2004-04-09) Difficulty: 2 of 5
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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re: One Mean Poisson = Shark | Comment 11 of 20 |
(In reply to One man's Mean is another man's Poisson by Penny)

Sorry, Penny, but if you're going to pun, then I can pun en franšais.   (poisson is French for 'fish')

Actually, I still don't get the "cars run over dogs" reference, I just hope there are no animal rights activists getting upset over this.

Back to math, an example of how the poisson distribution breaks down in the discrete world:  consider an interarrival time of .0001 seconds.  In the real world this is impossible since it would imply 2 cars superimposed on each other.  

  Posted by Larry on 2004-04-09 19:16:04
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