Geometric Distributions & The Birthday Paradox: Crash Course Statistics #17

Geometric probabilities, and probabilities in general, allow us to guess how long we’ll have to wait for something to happen. Today, we’ll discuss how they can be used to figure out how many Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans you could eat before getting the dreaded vomit flavored bean, and how they can help us make decisions when there is a little uncertainty – like getting a Pikachu in a pack of Pokémon Cards! We’ll finish off this unit on probability by taking a closer look at the Birthday Paradox (or birthday problem) which asks the question: how many people do you think need to be in a room for there to likely be a shared birthday? (It’s likely much fewer than you would expect!)

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