My Math Forum  

Go Back   My Math Forum > College Math Forum > Advanced Statistics

Advanced Statistics Advanced Probability and Statistics Math Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
February 23rd, 2012, 11:19 AM   #1
Joined: Feb 2012

Posts: 1
Thanks: 0

Randomly selecting N from N

Dear all,

I am a newcomer here, but am looking for some advice. I believe this problem must be well known, but I am not sure where to look. This is a simpler version of the real problem, but I am hoping that if I can get a look at how this was solved it will help me with my real problem.

Imagine I have N equally likely choices (boxes) (I initially thought about 100, but liked the idea of generalising it), and make N independent choices, what is the most likely number of independent boxes I will fill? Once a box has been chosen it can clearly be chosen again, or else it becomes rather a boring problem. Is there anything which I can do to think about the distribution of independent boxes filled around this most likely number?

So, does anyone have any idea where I should be looking for an approach to this?

Many thanks for any help you can offer.

BioScientist is offline  
February 23rd, 2012, 05:30 PM   #2
Joined: Feb 2012

Posts: 5
Thanks: 0

Re: Randomly selecting N from N

A well known version of this question concerns the probability of two students, in a class of a given size, having the same birthday.
ughaibu is offline  

  My Math Forum > College Math Forum > Advanced Statistics

randomly, selecting

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Randomly playing songs probability Moy510 Advanced Statistics 1 October 14th, 2013 05:14 PM
Selecting the Sample Size...Please help! Jessicasamide Advanced Statistics 1 November 20th, 2012 11:21 AM
randomly choose 2 or more unique items from a given set archy2 Computer Science 4 September 21st, 2011 10:17 AM
3 computer processors randomly receive n jobs.... erichpowell Advanced Statistics 3 December 29th, 2008 12:44 PM
Randomly Selected People symmetry Advanced Statistics 0 June 20th, 2007 03:56 PM

Copyright © 2019 My Math Forum. All rights reserved.