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There is a 90% chance that a registered voter in Burghtown voted in the last election. If five registered voters are chosen at random, what is the approximate likelihood that exactly four of them voted in the last election?

A. 26.2%
B. 32.8%
C. 43.7%
D. 59.0%
E. 65.6%
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08 Dec 2007, 09:39
Actually this is not really a probability question.

The probability that four of five voted is :
P(1st one voted) X ... X P(4th one voted) X (5th one NOT voted)
= 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.1
= 0.81 x 0.81 x 0.1 = 0.6561

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Actually this is not really a probability question.

The probability that four of five voted is :
P(1st one voted) X ... X P(4th one voted) X (5th one NOT voted)
= 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.1
= 0.81 x 0.81 x 0.1 = 0.6561

.81 * .81 * .1 = .06561, which isn't one of the choices.

I think that this formula represents that probability that the first 4 people will have voted and the 5th voter hasn't. Since we don't care what the order is we have to do this equation 5 times (shifting the .1 to each possible spot). Easier way, just multiply .06561 by 5 and you get...

32.8%

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Mishari wrote:
Actually this is not really a probability question.

The probability that four of five voted is :
P(1st one voted) X ... X P(4th one voted) X (5th one NOT voted)
= 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.1
= 0.81 x 0.81 x 0.1 = 0.6561

.81 * .81 * .1 = .06561, which isn't one of the choices.

I think that this formula represents that probability that the first 4 people will have voted and the 5th voter hasn't. Since we don't care what the order is we have to do this equation 5 times (shifting the .1 to each possible spot). Easier way, just multiply .06561 by 5 and you get...

32.8%

Another straightforward way is to applicate the probability formula:

C(4,5) x (9/10)^4 x (1/10)^1 = 5 x 0.81 x 0.81 x 0.1.

No room for mistakes in this case.
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20 Dec 2007, 21:25
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There is a 90% chance that a registered voter in Burghtown voted in the last election. If five registered voters are chosen at random, what is the approximate likelihood that exactly four of them voted in the last election?

a) 26.2%
b) 32.8%
c) 43.7%
d) 59.0%
e) 65.6%

We would have .9^4*.1 =.06561 however

we have 5 possiblities of arraganging the four .9's and the .1 so...

5*.06561=~.328

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21 Dec 2007, 04:38
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tarek99 wrote:
There is a 90% chance that a registered voter in Burghtown voted in the last election. If five registered voters are chosen at random, what is the approximate likelihood that exactly four of them voted in the last election?

a) 26.2%
b) 32.8%
c) 43.7%
d) 59.0%
e) 65.6%

We would have .9^4*.1 =.06561 however

we have 5 possibilities of rearranging the four .9's and the .1 so...

5*.06561=~.328

B

I like this approach more, this is more logical and more clear. BUT FOR SURE, I had chosen the answer as Mishari did and I did not multiply the result ( 0.06561 ) with 5 different ways of arranging. Arrangement should not have mattered if all the 5 people were selected simultaneously!!!! But as the question does not mention that all 5 people are chosen simultaneously, why do we assume that they are chosen on-by-one and then of course raising the possibility of 5 different arrangements.
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25 Aug 2008, 11:45
tarek99 wrote:
There is a 90% chance that a registered voter in Burghtown voted in the last election. If five registered voters are chosen at random, what is the approximate likelihood that exactly four of them voted in the last election?

a) 26.2%
b) 32.8%
c) 43.7%
d) 59.0%
e) 65.6%

$$=5C4* (0.9)^4 * (O.1)^1$$
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27 Sep 2009, 19:57
There is a 90% chance that a registered voter in Burghtown voted in the last election. If five registered voters are chosen at random, what is the approximate likelihood that exactly four of them voted in the last election?

a) 26.2%
b) 32.8%
c) 43.7%
d) 59.0%
e) 65.6%

Soln:
Probability that voter votes = .9
Probability that voter does not vote = .1

Let Y be that voter votes and N be that voter does not vote
Therefore we have YYYYN

Probability that exactly 4 out of 5 vote
= (5!/4!) * (.9)^4 * (.1)^1
= .328

Ans is b
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There is a 90% chance that a registered voter in Burghtown voted in the last election. If five registered voters are chosen at random, what is the approximate likelihood that exactly four of them voted in the last election?

a) 26.2%
b) 32.8%
c) 43.7%
d) 59.0%
e) 65.6%

VVVVN.... V represent voted... and N represent Not Voted.

Therefore % = .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .1 x 5!/4! x100 = 32.8% = B
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25 Apr 2010, 02:17
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tarek99 wrote:

VVVVN.... V represent voted... and N represent Not Voted.

Therefore % = .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .1 x 5!/4! x100 = 32.8% = B

Is there any general formula?
I can't get for what do you do 5!/4!
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jeeteshsingh wrote:
tarek99 wrote:

VVVVN.... V represent voted... and N represent Not Voted.

Therefore % = .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .1 x 5!/4! x100 = 32.8% = B

Is there any general formula?
I can't get for what do you do 5!/4!

If the probability of a certain event is $$p$$, then the probability of it occurring $$k$$ times in $$n$$-time sequence is: $$P = C^k_n*p^k*(1-p)^{n-k}$$

In our case:
n=5
k=4
p=0.9

So, $$P = C^k_n*p^k*(1-p)^{n-k}=C^4_5*0.9^4*0.1$$

OR: probability of scenario V-V-V-V-N is $$0.9^4*0.1$$, but V-V-V-V-N can occur in different ways:
V-V-V-V-N - first four voted and fifth didn't;
N-V-V-V-V - first didn't vote and last four did;
V-N-V-V-V first voted, second didn't and last three did;
...

Certain # of combinations. How many combinations are there? Basically we are looking at # of permutations of five letters V-V-V-V-N, which is 5!/4!.

Hence $$P=\frac{5!}{4!}*0.9^4*0.1$$.

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30 Apr 2010, 23:39
it is like heads and tails question .... there if coin is biased then formula is

p of head^no. of heads * P. of tail ^ no. of tails * total toses Combination no. of head

so applying this v get ---- .9^4 * .1^1 * 5C4 = 32.8 %
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22 Jan 2013, 02:23
Could someone please explain why they multiplied by 5 here? I don't get how order matters in this problem
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Could someone please explain why they multiplied by 5 here? I don't get how order matters in this problem

Please go through this post: there-is-a-90-chance-that-a-registered-voter-in-burghtown-56812.html#p717422

Also, check Probability and Combinatorics chapters of our Math Book: gmat-math-book-87417.html
Probability: math-probability-87244.html;
Combinatorics: math-combinatorics-87345.html

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Hey I still don't get it. The reason I ask is because the order of voting doesn't seem to matter overtly to me. We have those who vote and those who didn't. Why are we even considering the total number of permutations or combinations and multiplying it with the chance of voting when all that was asked was was the probability of all four voting. Since all of them are voting how does order matter here?

V V V V 4 to me there aren't five ways to arrange those votes because a vote is just a vote. Vote 1 is no different from Vote 2?

Basically I would select E, NOT B (which you get by multipling E by 5)
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Hey I still don't get it. The reason I ask is because the order of voting doesn't seem to matter overtly to me. We have those who vote and those who didn't. Why are we even considering the total number of permutations or combinations and multiplying it with the chance of voting when all that was asked was was the probability of all four voting. Since all of them are voting how does order matter here?

V V V V 4 to me there aren't five ways to arrange those votes because a vote is just a vote. Vote 1 is no different from Vote 2?

Basically I would select E, NOT B (which you get by multipling E by 5)

The point is that the 5 voters are unique. Say they are A, B, C, D and E.
Now the case where A, B, C and D voted in the last election is different from the case where B, C, D and E voted in the last election. These are two different ways in which we can have 4 of the 5 who voted in the last election. There are 5 such different cases.

When you .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .1, you are finding the probability that A, B, C and D voted in the last election while E did not.
So you have to count 4 more cases e.g. .1 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 (Probability that A did not vote in the last election while B, C, D , E voted in the last election) etc.
The calculation is identical to the first case so you just need to count the first case 5 times.
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manimgoindowndown wrote:
Hey I still don't get it. The reason I ask is because the order of voting doesn't seem to matter overtly to me. We have those who vote and those who didn't. Why are we even considering the total number of permutations or combinations and multiplying it with the chance of voting when all that was asked was was the probability of all four voting. Since all of them are voting how does order matter here?

V V V V 4 to me there aren't five ways to arrange those votes because a vote is just a vote. Vote 1 is no different from Vote 2?

Basically I would select E, NOT B (which you get by multipling E by 5)

The point is that the 5 voters are unique. Say they are A, B, C, D and E.
Now the case where A, B, C and D voted in the last election is different from the case where B, C, D and E voted in the last election. These are two different ways in which we can have 4 of the 5 who voted in the last election. There are 5 such different cases.

When you .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .1, you are finding the probability that A, B, C and D voted in the last election while E did not.
So you have to count 4 more cases e.g. .1 * .9 * .9 * .9 * .9 (Probability that A did not vote in the last election while B, C, D , E voted in the last election) etc.
The calculation is identical to the first case so you just need to count the first case 5 times.

Also I think a better way to think about this is not so much that the five voters are unique, but that each INSTANCE is unique
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