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In October 2005, there was a record 75% chance of rain in New York City on any given day (along with a 25% chance of no rain). Assuming that each dayâ€™s weather was independent of the weather on any other day, what was the probability that in a given week, it rained at least 5 days in a row?

Re: PS: MGMAT Challenge of the week [#permalink]
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All gmones that solve this problem will get some underpants from our friends at Manhattan on Monday, when they provide OA/OE for this Try it out.

In October 2005, there was a record 75% chance of rain in New York City on any given day (along with a 25% chance of no rain). Assuming that each dayâ€™s weather was independent of the weather on any other day, what was the probability that in a given week, it rained at least 5 days in a row?

This is what I get so far using the binomial theorem:

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I know how you guys approached the problem.
But I was wondering if one of you could help me with my probability concept here..

When they say 5 days in a row.. It means. MTWHF OR TWHFS or WHFSS..
It does not mean MTWHS.. which is 5 days in a week..
So, 7C5 GIVES US.. number of ways I can choose 5 numbers out of 7, right? so how does that relate to the question.. _________________

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I know how you guys approached the problem. But I was wondering if one of you could help me with my probability concept here..

When they say 5 days in a row.. It means. MTWHF OR TWHFS or WHFSS.. It does not mean MTWHS.. which is 5 days in a week.. So, 7C5 GIVES US.. number of ways I can choose 5 numbers out of 7, right? so how does that relate to the question..

I'm giving it a quick relook - and I think I need to adjust the number of days that it can rain 5 days in a row to 3 choices

RRRRRNN
NNRRRR
NRRRRN

So only 3 choices x (3/4)^5x(1/4)^2

For at least 5 or 6 days you can have 4 choices

NRRRRRR
RRRRRRN
RNRRRRR
RRRRRNR

So 4 choices x (3/4)^5x(1/4)^2

And of course there's only 1 way it can rain 7 days in a row

thus (3/4)^7

Thus the answer is 3(3/4)^5*(1/4)^2+4(3/4)^6(1/4)+(3/4)^7

So it is Answer choice C

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All gmones that solve this problem will get some underpants from our friends at Manhattan on Monday, when they provide OA/OE for this Try it out.

In October 2005, there was a record 75% chance of rain in New York City on any given day (along with a 25% chance of no rain). Assuming that each dayâ€™s weather was independent of the weather on any other day, what was the probability that in a given week, it rained at least 5 days in a row?

Answer
The probability that we are being asked to calculate here is comprised of multiple scenarios. Put differently, there are a number of ways for it to rain at least 5 days in a row. To solve for the overall probability, we must find the probability for each one of these independent scenarios and add them together.

Letâ€™s set: R = rainy day
S = sunny day

There are 3 different types of scenarios that we need to consider: (1) 5Râ€™s 2Sâ€™s (2) 6Râ€™s 1S and (3) 7Sâ€™s. Of course we must remember that within each scenario it must rain for at least 5 consecutive days.

TYPE 1: There are 3 ways for it to rain exactly 5 out of 7 days and for the 5 days to be consecutive: RRRRRSS, SSRRRRR, SRRRRRS (two Sâ€™s at the end, the beginning, or one on each end).

TYPE 2: There are 4 ways for it to rain exactly 6 out of 7 days and for at least five of the rainy days to be consecutive: RRRRRRS, SRRRRRR, RSRRRRR, RRRRRSR (S in position 1, 2, 6 or 7).

TYPE 3: There is one way for it to rain exactly 7 out of 7 days: RRRRRRR.

Now that we have counted and identified the different scenarios, we must find the probability of each scenario (or at least of each type of scenario).

TYPE 1: If the probability of R is Â¾ and the probability of S is Â¼, the probability of 5Râ€™s and 2Sâ€™s (it doesnâ€™t matter what order) is (3/4)^5(1/4)^2. There are three such scenarios so this contributes 3(3/4)^5(1/4)^2 to the final probability.

TYPE 2: If the probability of R is Â¾ and the probability of S is Â¼, the probability of 6Râ€™s and 1S (it doesnâ€™t matter what order) is (3/4)^6(1/4)^1. There are four such scenarios so this contributes 4(3/4)^6(1/4) to the final probability.

TYPE 3: If the probability of R is Â¾ and the probability of S is Â¼, the probability of 7Râ€™s is (3/4)^7. There is only one such scenario so this contributes (3/4)^7 to the final probability.

The final probability is 3(3/4)^5(1/4)^2 + 4(3/4)^6(1/4) + (3/4)^7.

The correct answer is C.
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